First printing of Barrie's immortal novel, in the rare original dust jacket.
Near fine in very good plus jacket.
'I don't ever want to be a man,' he said with passion. 'I want always to be a little boy and have fun.'
Exquisite copy of Barrie's novel, expanded from the original 1904 play and from the shorter 1906 Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens into the best-known and most-quoted of the story's several versions. The most relentlessly self-aware of all the darker children's classics, PETER AND WENDY has proven difficult to subvert in its essential heartless knowingness: already pre-subverted, it contains within itself the coiled seeds of disillusion, as the wonder of childhood rests on the heartlessness underneath in a perfect balance unknown to other Edwardian sentimentalists. In the midst of Barrie's powerful appeal to childhood memories, Peter himself stands as the implacable enemy of nostalgia; unmoved by reminiscences, he bars the way to grown-ups who want to go back. "Don't you remember Captain Hook?" asks Wendy, shocked. "I forget them after I kill them," says Peter.
Read more: Cutler, Sir James Barrie: A Bibliography, 61.
London: Hodder & Stoughton, . 7.75'' x 5.5''. Original green cloth with bright gilt decoration to front board and spine. In original gray-green dust jacket with matching gilt decoration. Illustrated frontispiece and title page by Bedford, with eleven additional black-and-white full-page illustrations throughout (13 in total). [vii], 267,  pages. Minor rubbing to boards at corners. Offsetting to endpapers. Minimal foxing. Vertical crease to rear endpaper. Several chips to jacket at extremities; horizontal tear along top edge of rear panel, neatly repaired with archival tape to verso. Spine sunned: overall well preserved.
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