The character Peter Pan first appeared in a chapter of Jm Barries’s 1902 novel Little White Bird. He only featured in the chapter Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, as a seven year old baby who flies away to join the fairies. Barrie developed the character as an adolescent boy, for the stage as Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, a play for children. It premiered in 1904 at the Duke of York’s Theatre, just around the corner from the shop. The programme on display in the auditorium was supplied by POPT. Following the Pantomime tradition, the leading role pf Peter was played by an actress. The role was first performed by Nina Boucicault , daughter the impresario Dion. Cecilia Loftus took on the role in 1905 and by American actress Pauline Chase between 1906-13 (book, shown here with a signed postcard of her dated 1913). A production was also staged in Manchester in 1906 starring Zena Dare. We have postcards and programmes in stock, as well as material relating to JM Barrie’s other stage work.
Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens was expanded into a lavish volume, illustrated by Arthur Rackham in 1906.
Finally Peter & Wendy, a novel based on the play (the Peter Pan story we all know) was published in 1911. It proved so popular that it went through 8 printings between October and December.
Offered for sale is the very first UK edition : without any subsequent printings listed.
Condition is VG+ . There is a previous owner’s ex-libris stamp. The pages mainly bright and untanned with very minor and occasional foxing.