RACKHAM, Arthur (illustrator). J.M. BARRIE (author). Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. London; Hodder & Stoughton. 1906.
4to.; publisher's full white vellum decoratively gilt with lemon-yellow ties to fore-edge (replaced), lettered gilt to spine, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, buff endpapers with pictorial map printed in blue to front free endpaper; pp. [vi], vii-xii + 125 + [i] + plates at rear; with pictorial title-page, coloured frontispiece, and 49 additional fine, and exquisite, coloured plates by Rackham, all mounted-at-large on brown stock and guarded by captioned tissue-guards; text printed on fine laid paper; a lovely copy of a scarce book; externally very good and sound with light overall dusting and soiling, and minor marking to spine; internally uncommonly fresh with all plates and guards fine, and none of the usual spotting to text.
First edition de luxe, limited to only 500 numbered copies, signed in ink by Arthur Rackham to the limitation leaf. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens was not only the illustrator's first major book commission but is also distinguished by being the first edition of Barrie's juvenile classic.