Thursday, July 26, 2012

Gorgeous cover of 1934 Platt & Munk edition of "Peter Pan"

To bring some vibrant color back to the proceedings after last night's post, here is the cover of the 1934 staplebound edition of "Peter Pan" by The Platt & Munk Co.1

The 12-page book (more of a booklet) is interesting in several respects.2 For one thing, it never mentions or credits author J.M. Barrie, who invented Peter Pan with his 1904 play and a 1911 novel.3

The cover artwork continues, in illustrated form, the idea of Peter Pan having a slightly feminine look; from the very beginning, the character was traditionally played on stage by an adult woman.

The cover and interior artwork is by the late (and long-lived) Eulalie Banks. I'm planning a separate post on her in the near future, so you'll be able to check out more of her illustrations later.

1. I am somewhat surprised at the dearth of information available online regarding the history of The Platt & Munk Co. I know at some point it was a division or imprint of Grosset & Dunlap. But I can't find much beyond that, which is silly.
2. If you like the looks of this slim vintage volume, used copies — as of this morning — are available for as little as 24¢ on Amazon!
3. Sadly, there has been much legal wrangling over the copyright status of Peter Pan over the years.

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