1906 First Rackham Edition bound by Asprey - PETER PAN in Kensington Garden illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
Author: Sir James Matthew Barrie. (Illustrator, Arthur Rackham).
Title: Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. With Twenty-Four Drawings by Arthur Rackham.
Publisher: London, Hodder & Stoughton, no date (circa 1906). First Rackham Edition.
Language: Text in English.
Size : in4, 11" X 9 ".
Pages: 125 pages.
Binding: Very attractive, beautiful, and exquisite FINE full green morocco leather binding, decorated in gilt on spine and covers with Peter pan on a goat signed by ASPREY under a removable protective mylar cover. One of the nicest ASPREY binding we ever saw!. A beautiful binding!
Content: Near fine content (bright, tight, and clean- as shown). All edges gilt.
Illustrations: Complete with the wonderful 50 full-page mounted color plates with lettered tissue guards by Arthur Rackham.
The book: Exquisite and wonderfully bound First illustrated Edition by Rackham of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens -- a novel by J. M. Barrie, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, and published by Hodder & Stoughton; it is one of four major literary works by Barrie featuring the widely known literary character he created, Peter Pan. Most of the text originally appeared as chapters 13–18 of Barrie's 1902 novel The Little White Bird.
The illustrator: Arthur Rackham RWS (19 September 1867 – 6 September 1939) was an English book illustrator. He is recognized as one of the leading literary figures during the Golden Age of British book illustration. His work is noted for its robust pen and ink drawings, which were combined with the use of watercolor, a technique he developed due to his background as a journalistic illustrator.
Rackham's 51 color pieces for the Early American tale became a turning point in the production of books since – through color-separated printing – it featured the accurate reproduction of color artwork. Some of his best-known works include the illustrations for Rip Van Winkle, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm.
The author: Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered as the creator of Peter Pan. He was born and educated in Scotland and then moved to London, where he wrote a number of successful novels and plays. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys, who inspired him to write about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (first included in Barrie's 1902 adult novel The Little White Bird), then to write Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, a 1904 "fairy play" about an ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland. Although he continued to write successfully, Peter Pan overshadowed his other work and is credited with popularising the name Wendy. Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents. Barrie was made a baronet by George V on 14 June 1913, and a member of the Order of Merit in the 1922 New Year Honours. Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, which continues to benefit from them.
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