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
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.