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Wind In The Willows by  Kenneth Grahame - First UK Edition - 1908 - from Ashton Rare Books ABA, PBFA, ILAB (SKU: 2222322244908)

Wind In The Willows

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Wind In The Willows

by Grahame, Kenneth

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  • hardcover
  • First
Very Good++
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The First UK printing published by Methuen and Co., London in 1908. The BOOK is in Very Good++ or better condition. Publisher's original green cloth, pictorial design of 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn', blocked in gilt on the front cover, and 'Mr. Toad in the willows' blocked in gilt on the spine. The gilt decoration has remained very bright. Top edge gilt with others uncut. Some very light wear to the extremities of the binding, with a little pushing at the extreme spine tips. A few light markings to the covers and only very light rubbing to the folds. The binding remains tight. A neat previous owner's name to the front upper blank end-paper. Some offsetting to the blank end-papers with some occasional spotting to the prelims and to the text. The tissue guarded frontis by Graham Robertson is present. The book has not undergone any repairs or restoration and presents as an excellent example. The book is protected in a loose Mylar archival cover and housed in a custom solander box with marbled inserts, silk ties and gilt titling. 'Originally written as bedtime stories and letters addressed to Grahame's only child, a sickly boy named Alastair and nicknamed 'Mouse', the book was rejected by Grahame's publisher The Bodley Head and eventually taken up by Methuen, albeit without advance payment, such was the firm's lack of confidence in the book' (ODNB). 'It was not until AA Milne adapted parts of the book into a popular stage version, 'Toad of Toad Hall', in 1929, that it became established as the children's classic it is known as today' (The Guardian). An excellent copy with such attributes. More images available on request. Ashton Rare Books welcomes direct contact.


The Wind in the Willows is a classic of children's literature by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908. Alternately slow moving and fast paced, it focuses on four anthropomorphised animal characters in a pastoral version of England. The novel is notable for its mixture of mysticism, adventure, morality, and camaraderie. The Wind in the Willows was in its thirty-first printing when then-famous playwright, A. A. Milne, who loved it, adapted a part of it for stage as Toad of Toad Hall in 1929.


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Ashton Rare Books ABA, PBFA, ILAB GB (GB)
Bookseller Inventory #
Wind In The Willows
Grahame, Kenneth
Robertson, Graham (Frontis)
Book condition
Used - Very Good++
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First UK Edition
Methuen and Co., London
Place of Publication
Date published
Grahame, willows, Wind

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About Ashton Rare Books ABA, PBFA, ILAB

We trade as a family-run internet business in Market Harborough in the heart of the Midlands. We have over 10 years experience of collecting and selling a range of genres, specialising in iconic modern fiction and children's titles. Please feel free to browse our website: All items are fully described and if any reasonable discrepancy is noted on arrival to the customer, a full refund including payment for return to us will be made. Items over £250 may be paid for in instalments subject to agreement- however, all books remain the property of Ashton Rare Books until the full balance has been paid. Please contact us at : if you are looking for a particular title or require further assistance.We are full members of the PBFA, ABA and ILAB.


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top edge gilt
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