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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame / Arthur Rackham (Illust.) - 97th Edition (1st UK Rackham Edition)  - 1950 - from Tarrington Books and Biblio.com

The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame / Arthur Rackham (Illust.)

Condition: Fine


London: Methuen and Co., 1950. 97th Edition (1st UK Rackham Edition) . Fine. 6.25 x 9.25 inches (15.5 x 23 cm). Very fine full green morocco binding by Bayntun-Riviere. Spine has five raised bands, gilt lettering and decoration. Gilt fillet to boards, illustration of Toad and his friends blocked in gilt to front board. Gilt decorated board edges and turn-ins. Marbled endpapers, all page edges gilt. The first UK edition to feature Rackham's illustrations. This was Rackham's final work, the drawings were originally published in the US in 1940 for the Limited Editions Club and didn't appear in the UK until this edition a decade later. A beautifully bound example and in first class condition. Overall condition is Fine. Hardback. Printed pages: xii, 178


Book summary

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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