First edition, first printing. Bound in full vellum by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, the upper and lower boards with gilt corner pieces within a quadruple fillet border; the spine with six gilt ruled compartments, four with a gilt central illustration and double fillet borders incorporating corner pieces; two dark green morocco labels with titles and corner pieces in gilt. Board edges and the inner dentelles elaborately tooled in gilt. Marbled endpapers. Illustrated with 50 tipped in colour plates by Arthur Rackham, each with a captioned tissue guard. Housed in a purpose made blue cloth slipcase. A fine copy, the binding square and tight, the contents spotless throughout.
A stunning first edition of J. M. Barrie and Arthur Rackham's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens in an exquisite early Sangorski and Sutcliffe binding. Peter Pan first appeared in the chapters 13 to 18 of Barrie's 1902 novel "The Little White Bird". Barrie extracted the story and following the success of his Rip Van Winkle illustrations, through The Leicester Galleries, asked Arthur Rackham to provide the illustrations. The resulting first edition of Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens became not only a highlight of golden age book illustration, but for many, their first introduction to "the boy who wouldn't grow up".
Stock code: 17121