First Edition of The First Appearance Of Peter Pan, Inscribed by the Author
BARRIE, J.M. Little White Bird. or Adventures in Kensington Gardens. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons , 1902.
First American edition of the first appearance of Peter Pan. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "Yours Sincerely/ J.M. Barrie" Octavo (7 1/2 x 5 inches; 190 x 126 mm). vi, 349, [1, blank] pp. With one plate entitled of "The Child's Map of Kensington Gardens" bound between pages 150-151.

Publisher's original green cloth. Front board and spine lettered and ruled in gilt. Front board with a gilt pictorial central device. Top edge gilt. Corners and spines extremities slightly bumped. Previous owner's book plate on front paste down. Some ephemera tipped in to front and back endpapers. Overall a very good copy.

Provenance: Bookplate of W. D. Vincent, a known bibliophile. Tipped in to front free endpaper is an envelope containing a letter responding to W. D. Vincent's request to have his book signed by J. M. Barrie. The stationary letterhead is "Adelphi Terrace House, Strand, W. C. 2." "April 21st, /1927./ W. D. Vincent Esq/Dear Sir/In answer to your letter, I am/writing to say that if you send/me your copy of 'Little White/ Bird', U will ask Sir James/to autograph it for you/Yours faithfully/ C. Greene/ (For Sir James Barrie)." Also tipped in is a photographic postcard of "A Window in Thrums, Kirriemuir" which is Barrie's home. Also tipped in at the back is a broadside for the WIllis Wood Theatre in Kansas City presenting Maud Adams in "A Play in Five Acts, Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up." Maud Adams was an America actress who gained popularity by first playing the role of Peter Pan on Broadway in 1905. She was the highest paid performer of her day, making over a million dollars a year at her peak.

"...Maurice Hewlett, had just published a play entitled Pan and the Young Shepherd, which opened with the line, 'Boy, boy, wilt thou be a boy forever?' This may have been pure coincidence, but Barrie almost certainly knew of its existence, as he and Hewlett were close friends. Whatever the origins, Peter Pan soon became the topic of endless discussion between Barrie and George, recorded by Barrie in The Little White Bird... After four years of gestation, The Little White Bird was finally completed in the summer of 1902. The Peter Pan saga had begun life as a single chapter within the main narrative, but it now over a hundred pages forming an elaborate book-within-a-book. The overall work, however was still directed at adults..." (J.M. Barrie and the Lost Boys, Andrew Birkin).

Cutler. Garland.

HBS # 67994 $4,000