First printing of the iconic play's first publication in dramatic form.
Near fine in near-fine jacket.
"Some disquieting confessions must be made in printing at last the play of PETER PAN; among them this, that I have no recollection of writing it."
First publication of the immensely successful original play, composed in 1904 and the inspiration for one dramatic sequel and two immensely successful novels in the intervening years. Peter Pan's extraordinary and enduring appeal lives in the tension between the eternal sameness of dream and the terrifying instability of the waking world, taking hold of audiences who looked backward to the sunlit gardens of the Victorian cult of childhood and forward to the unstoppable approach of the First World War.
With Barrie's lengthy and nostalgic 'Dedicatory Preface: TO THE FIVE'; an effusive remembrance of the five Llewellyn-Davies boys, whose guardian he became and on whose lives he placed such mythic weight and significance: "What a game we had of Peter before we clipped him small to make him fit the boards. He was the longest story on earth."
Read more: Cutler, Sir James Barrie: A Bibliography.
London: Hodder and Stoughton Limited, 1928. 7'' x 4.75'',. Original blue cloth, with paper labels mounted to front board and spine. In original unclipped printed dust jacket. October 1928 on copyright page. Printer's imprint to bottom of page 160. , v-xxxiii, 160 pages. Mild toning to pages. Very slight chipping to jacket at spine ends and upper corners. Faint soil to front jacket panel.
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