The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame: First Edition
The Wind in the Willows is Kenneth Grahame’s most famous children’s novel after the success of The Golden Age (1895) and Dream Days (1898). In 1908 Grahame had retired form his work in the bank and moved to Berkshire where he took up “messing about in boats” and had effectively given up formal writing. This story of the animals on the riverside was originally told in bedtime stories and letters to his poorly son, Alistair. Initially the publishers had limited expectations of it’s success. Yet it became very popular even though it was in plain text. Many illustrated and annotated versions were released over the years. Most notably publications by E. H. Shepard in 1931 and Arthur Rackham in 1940. In it’s thirty third publication it was adapted for the stage into a play, Toad of Toad Hall, by A. A. Milne in 1929.
The edition has been professionally rebound and is in very presentable condition. Top edge of the pages are trimmed, other edges are untrimmed. With black and white frontpiece by Graham Robertson with tissue guard in situ. Original front and rear covers carefully rebound on green covers. Replaced end papers. Stamped with “Colonial Library” on title page. Contents are foxed. 302 pp. Octavo.
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