Not a children’s book but a title in which Peter Pan appears in one chapter , a book within a book, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, as a seven day old baby who flies away to join the fairies. Then 1904 a children’s play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up was staged at the Duke of York’s Theatre on St Martin’s Lane. Although his was play and not a pantomime, Nina Boucicault , daughter of theatre impresario Dino, took the lead role of Peter, in the same way the lead male role in traditional British pantomime is performed by a woman. The play was so successful that is was revived annually, first with Cecilia Loftus as Peter and then for 8 years with Pauline Chase in the role. For Christmas 1906 there was also production staged in Manchester starring Zena Dare. Also that year the famous book illustrator Arthur Rackham produced an illustrated edition of Peter in Kensington Gardens from Little White Bird as a stand alone book.
It was until 1911 that a novel based on the play, titled Peter & Wendy, was published. The Peter Pan character, second only to Alice, has since became entrenched in popular culture.
Condition : Stated 2nd edition 1902 ( same year as publication). There was possible a dust jacket issued but I’ve never seen one. This copy has mild foxing on the tissue guard between the map and the title page, otherwise clean throughout with no previous owner’s marking or book plates.
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