The Wind in the Willows

GRAHAME, KENNETH.
Methuen and Co. 1908

$17,500

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GRAHAME, KENNETH. The Wind in the Willows. Methuen, London, 1908. First edition of one of the most beloved modern children's books, a near fine, superior copy in a tremendously intact original dust jacket (second issue, with the first issue known in only a handful of copies). Inspired by the bedtime stories that Kenneth Grahame told his son, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS follows the bucolic adventures of anthropomorphized animals on the banks of the Thames. The friends' peace is broken when Mr. Toad's obsession with motor-cars leads him down a destructive path. Shenanigans ensue, including grand theft auto, a prison break, a midnight battle, and a dreamlike meeting with Pan. The stories of timid Mole, practical Rat, wise Badger, and intemperate Mr. Toad remain excellent bedtime reading. While this scarce dust jacket is a second issue, first-issue jackets are even rarer, with the last copy to appear at auction selling for £60,000 in 2015 (Sotheby's, with ALS). A very desirable copy of the arcadian classic. 7.5'' x 4.75''. Original pictorial gilt-stamped green cloth. In original orange jacket with design repeated from front board in green, priced '7/6 NET.' Ivory endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Tissue-guarded pictorial frontispiece. [6], 302, [2] pages. Light spotting on boards. Dust jacket in near fine condition and remarkably free from wear or chipping. With a frontispiece by Graham Robertson. London: Methuen and Co., [1908]. First edition. Small octavo (7 1/2 x 4 7/8 inches; 190 x 124 mm.). [8], 302, [1, blank], [1, printer's imprint] pp. Frontispiece with original tissue guard. Publisher's blue cloth pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt within a single gilt rule border on front cover and pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt, others uncut. A true collector's item.
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