"The fairies have their tiffs with the birds" - one of 50 fine plates by Arthur Rackham in this first edition of "Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens", 1906.

Peter Pan has the most complicated publishing history of all the major children's classics.  The story takes various forms over the years as Barrie adapted the germ of the story about the young boy Peter who refused to grow up. His first appearance was in Barrie's novel "The Little White Bird" (1902). This idea was coaxed out into the play of Peter Pan, which was first performed in the theatre in 1904, although the play in book form did not appear until 1928.

Here, in 1906, Arthur Rackham illustrated the story in a different and darker reworking. The version which most people know, from the later Disney adaptation for example, is Barrie's "The Story of Peter and Wendy" which was issued in 1911 with beautiful monochrome plates after pencil drawings by F.D. Bedford. #fairies #arthurrackham
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