J.M. Barrie author of Peter Pan

The first edition of Peter Pan was an UK edition of the classic work Peter and Wendy, Illustrated by F.D. Bedford, and published by Hodder & Stoughton, London. The is first printing was in October 1911.

Some dealers are asking thousands of dollars for a first edition first printing book. For a first printing with a dust jacket, you may be asked for approximately $6000, as that is what they are going for.  The volume is 267 pages, 8x5 inches, bound in green cloth with gilt embellishments, a little wear.

The literary history of Peter Pan is not understood very well, and many people look in vain for a novel with that title. Peter and Wendy, from 1911, is the first Peter Pan novel. The full history of Peter Pan as a literary figure is given below, from Wikipedia.

The first appearance of Peter Pan came in The Little White Bird, which was serialized in the United States, then published in a single volume in the UK in 1901. Barrie's most famous and enduring work, Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, was a stage play, and it had its first stage performance on 27 December 1904. It has been performed innumerable times since then, was developed by Barrie into the 1911 novel Peter and Wendy, and has been adapted by others into feature films, musicals, and more. The Bloomsbury scenes show the societal constraints of late Victorian middle-class domestic reality, contrasted with Neverland, a world where morality is ambivalent. George Bernard Shaw's description of the play as "ostensibly a holiday entertainment for children but really a play for grown-up people", suggests deeper social allegories at work in Peter Pan. In 1929 Barrie specified that the copyright of the Peter Pan works should go to the nation's leading children's hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. The current status of the copyright is somewhat complex.

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