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JM Barrie's 'Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens'A rare, first edition of J.M. Barrie'Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens with illustrations by Arthur Rackham was recently discovered in a UK charity shop.  The 1906 limited edition is bound in vellum, has approximately 50 color plates illustrated by Rackham, and is signed by the artist. The book was donated to the Oxfam Book Shop in Alderley Edge along with a number of more commonplace titles (the donor remains unknown). Needless to say, the shop's manager deemed the find "extraordinary" and offered it for sale at the Alderley Edge Community Book Festival last weekend.  Original estimates guessed the book could fetch up to £800, but excited bidders quickly surpassed that figure. In the end, the book was purchased by a 37-year-old Englishman for £1,700.

Peter Pan book given to charity shop makes £1,700