First Edition Identification : Peter Pan (Peter and Wendy)

PETER PAN or Peter and Wendy by James Matthew Barrie  


Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up or Peter and Wendy is J. M. Barrie's most famous work, in the form of a 1904 play and a 1911 novel. Both versions tell the story of Peter Pan, a mischievous little boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy Darling and her brothers, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, the Indian princess Tiger Lily, and the pirate Captain Hook.


Peter Pan First edition identification and notes

Peter and Wendy was first published in 1911 both by Hodder & Stoughton in the United Kingdom and Charles Scribner's Sons in the United States. US edition has the mention "Published October, 1911" and the Scribner seal present on the copyright page. The first printing of the first UK edition of Peter and Wendy have no subsequent printings noted and contain 13 plates, including frontispiece and title page, illustrated by artist F. D. Bedford. 

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  • Jacqueline Smith on

    Ive been Collecting old books for some time now and I have just gotten to the point to where I want to get everything entered into my computer. As I have been recording info on everything I found my Peter and Wendy, by Barrie and Art by Bedford. Unfortunately, its a previous library book and the boards have been replaced and the title page and basically anything to identify the edition have been removed. There are a few groups of numbers written randomly on the first couple pages meaning the Chapter listing and the illustrations list. I have the same number and pages as several I’ve looked at from different sites and same illustrations too. I am hoping there is some way I can determine date , edition and publisher without the important copyright page and such. Thank you in advance to anyone who can give me some insight!! Cheers, and stay safe out there!

  • Norman Lee on

    Thanks! That’s exactly the information I was looking for!

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