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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Unique J M Barrie items in anniversary display (Scotland)

Unique J M Barrie items in anniversary display (Scotland)Peter Pan's creator is the focus of a month-long display opening on 1 May at the National Library of Scotland. Letters, first-edition books, plays and theatre programmes are among items being exhibited to mark the 150th anniversary of J M Barrie's birth. Gems from NLS collections include:

* A rare booklet of "Caught napping", one of Barrie's earliest plays, printed in 1883
* "Better dead", Barrie's first book
* The first American edition of the novel "Peter and Wendy" (1911)
* A letter from a 6-year-old boy proposing to "Wendy"
* Two privately printed booklets for Barrie's own amateur cricket club, Allahakbarries
* Large-format cards telling the Peter Pan story in 20 episodes, thought to date from 1914

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