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Offered here is one of four ttiles penned by J.M. Barrie about the boy who does not want to grow up. In this book, Peter is a seven-day-old infant who, like all infants apparently, used to be part bird. Peter over-hearing a discussion about his prospects inadult life, flies out of the window of his London home and returns to Kensington Gardens.

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J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens - Retold by May Byron for Little People With the Permission of the Author - Pictures by Arthur Rackham - Published by Hodder and Stoughton, London. There is no publishing date to be found but it may have been issued in 1930.

There are 6 full page color illustrations by Arthur Rackham throughout and including the frontispiece. There are also several small and full page black and white illustrations throughout. There is a map of Kensington Gardens onthe inside front cover.

This 123 page, 8 by 5 and half inch hardcover is in good condition. The pages are clear and the binding is solid. Someone in the past ran a length of Kraft tape laid in along the inside front and back cover hinges. The green cloth cover has just bit of wear along the edges. <p>Sir James Matthew Barrie, 1st Baronet, OM (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937) was a Scottish author and dramatist, best remembered today as the creator of Peter Pan. The child of a family of small-town weavers, he was educated in Scotland. He moved to London, where he developed a career as a novelist and playwright. There he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him in writing about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (included in The Little White Bird), then to write Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, a "fairy play" about this ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy who have adventures in the fantasy setting of Neverland. This play quickly overshadowed his previous work and although he continued to write successfully, it became his best-known work, credited with popularising the name Wendy, which was very uncommon previously. Barrie unofficially adopted the Davies boys following the deaths of their parents. Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which continues to benefit from them.... (Wikipedia)

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Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, J.M. Barrie, Beautifully Illustrated by Arthur Rackham


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: book, paper
  • Only ships to United States from Canada.
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