July 28, 2022

Peter Pan Illustrated, Signed, Limited Edition - The Deluxe State

Peter Pan Illustrated, Signed, Limited Edition - The Deluxe State

J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is the first edition from Conversation Tree Press—a single volume, printed letterpress, collecting Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Peter & Wendy by J.M. Barrie. Lavishly illustrated with 9 full-colour plates and over 25 pen and ink drawings by Charles Vess, this edition hearkens back to the Golden Age of Illustration and is limited to only 726 copies across three states. More information on the edition can be found on the main Peter Pan page, along with these links to the Standard, Deluxe and Lettered States.

It is expected to ship in the first half 2023. Various aspects of each state may change going into production. 

Deluxe State Details

Individually numbered from #1 to #200, the Deluxe State will be US$775 plus shipping and a portion of proceeds from the purchase of every copy goes to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, helping the Hospital to deliver life-changing care to patients and discover new treatments and cures. There is a limit of one copy per household.

The Deluxe state is hand bound by Ludlow Bookbinders in a sumptuous, deep green goatskin leather. The spine has five raised bands and a maroon label with gold tooling above and below. The front board is foil stamped in copper with an illustration, title lettering and the names of the author and artist. Inspired by the Deluxe state of the first edition of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, Charles’ new iconic take on the younger Peter sees him riding a swan while accompanied by fairies under the moonlight.

The text block is made of thick, luxurious Magnani Pescia Edition 160gsm (110#) paper. The endpapers are Italian-made Art Nouveau decorative papers from Rossi, also used for the boards of the Standard State. In addition to butterflies, flowers, and flecks of gold, birds are prominently featured on this paper, alluding to Peter’s status of being caught “betwixt-and-between” a boy and a bird in Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.

The full-colour frontispiece is printed giclée using pigmented inks on archival Somerset 100% cotton moulde-made paper, while the eight other plates are printed on Nova Matt 150gsm paper, upgraded from the 130gsm used in the Standard state. All plates are tipped in with glassine guards over each. Two double page spread maps, of Kensington Gardens and Neverland, are folded and bound in.

Each book is enclosed in a custom, handmade, suedel-lined slipcase with rounded top and bottom and chamfered edges around the sides. Each side of the slipcase is foil stamped with the one of the two half-title illustrations created by Charles Vess for Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Peter & Wendy.

Each book is signed by Charles Vess.

The first 150 books ordered will grant the purchaser right of first refusal and matching numbers for the next book published by CTP. The remaining 50 orders placed will receive a copy without rights. All books are identical, whether they grant the purchaser rights or not. See the Rights FAQ here for further information on what rights are and how they work. 

The edition will be approximately 224 pages with a trim size of 170mm x 240mm (6.7" x 9.5") and will include head and tail bands and a ribbon marker.


A Note On Shipping

Preorders with delivery to Europe made before all binding is complete will be shipped from the UK and enjoy lower rates; all orders placed after binding is complete will ship from Canada. Shipping rates will be made available before pre-orders begin.

Frontispiece and Additional Photos of the Deluxe State of Peter Pan

Frontispiece for the limited edition of Conversation Tree Press' Peter Pan by Charles Vess


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