The Little White Bird: or, Adventures in Kensington Gardens
by J.M. Barrie
First Edition published in 1902 by Charles Scribner and Sons, New York.
Very Good Condition. Bound in green cloth with gold gilt decoration. Cloth and gilt are bright and clean. Some light signs of shelf wear to the green cloth and very minor rubbing or bumping of corner boards. Inside, the binding is tight and the pages are crisp and clean.
Previous gift inscription and owner notes on front end paper.
Published in 1902, The Little White Bird is a fantasy novel by J.M. Barrie, and tells the story of the first sighting of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, London, and what he’s doing there. The book introduces readers to the general myths surrounding Peter Pan. It was published in the U.S. by Scribner’s, who released it in its monthly magazine, Scribner’s Magazine. Barrie is best known for creating Peter Pan; he later adopted the children who inspired him to write the story. He gave Great Ormond Street Hospital the rights to Peter Pan before he died.
The Little White Bird has autobiographical undertones. Barrie met the Llewelyn Davies boys in Kensington Gardens. In the book, a bachelor, the protagonist, befriends a boy called David and they have adventures together around London and Kensington Gardens. The man’s main concern is that one day, the boy will grow up and leave him alone. This feeling inspired Barrie to write about a boy who doesn’t grow up.