New Fine Press Editions of Peter Pan From Conversation Tree Press
The press concentrates on the traditions of fine press book making (letterpress printing, hand binding, fine materials, and a harmonious design) to create books of books of historical, cultural and social significance. Its first publication is the Peter Pan Letterpress Limited Edition ($275), a single volume collecting Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens and Peter & Wendy by J.M. Barrie.
It includes nine full colour plates and over 25 pen and ink drawings by awardwinning illustrator Charles Vess - who has previously provided illustrations for Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Stardust, George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords, and Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea - and is limited to only 726 hand-bound copies printed via letterpress. A deluxe edition comes in at $775 and a Lettered Limited Edition ($2,695) is already sold out.
Peter Pan is set in Austin Text, a member of the Austin superfamily designed by Paul Barnes of Commercial Type. It is based on the serif typeface designed and cut in 1788 by Richard Austin for John Bell of the British Letter Foundry
J.M. Barrie gifted the rights for Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1929. Since then, it has been granted the unique right to royalties from all performances and books of Peter Pan in the U.K., in perpetuity. A portion of proceeds from the purchase of every copy of Conversation Tree Press’ edition of Peter Pan goes to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
The books include an introduction by Professor Maria Tatar, the John L. Loeb Research Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and of Folklore and Mythology, Emerita, at Harvard University.