Sentimental Tommy. The Story of His Boyhood
Hard Cover. London: Cassell & Co., 1896. First Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first issue with publisher's catalogue dated "6G-8.96". Publisher's dark blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt, gray and white patterned endpapers. Very good, with toning to spine, light rubbing to spine ends and corners, some light soiling to cloth, spine lightly shaken but otherwise sturdy, interior bright and clean. J. M. Barrie was a Scottish author best known for his Peter Pan stories. He received his M.A. from the University of Edinburgh, and worked as a journalist and drama critic before he gained celebrity for his fiction. Sentimental Tommy is a semiautobiographical novel that follows the life of the "celebrated" Tommy Sandys from his childhood in London through his young adulthood as an author. Sentimental Tommy and its follow-up, Tommy and Grizel, contain themes that Barrie would use again in Peter Pan; specifically, a young man who is strongly attached to fantasies from his childhood. Barrie bequeathed the rights of his Peter Pan works to the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, which receives revenue from them to this day.