The Wind in the Willows.
Illustrations by Arthur Rackham. Introduction by A. A. Milne.
First Rackham trade edition, first printing. Rackham had been asked to illustrate the first edition of the book in 1908, but was already committed to illustrating A Midsummer Night’s Dream and turned Grahame down. It was a decision he regretted for much of the rest of his life, until given the opportunity to illustrate the book for the Limited Editions Club in the late 1930s. His illustrations for this children’s classic would be his last, and one of his most loved, sets of illustrations.
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Octavo. Original red cloth-backed blue cloth boards, titles to spine and pictorial design to front cover in yellow, edges red. With the illustrated dust jacket and slipcase. Colour frontispiece, 11 colour plates, and black and white illustrations in text. A fine copy in the price-clipped and slightly creased jacket with a few shallow chips and nicks to extremities.