The Wind in the Willows.
Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard.London : 1931 Stock Code: 134351
NotesFirst Shepard-illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 93 of 200 large paper copies signed by both Grahame and Shepard. The Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration, and Shepard, well-known by then for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh series, was asked to illustrate a new edition, following on from Milne's popular adaptation of the book for stage, Toad of Toad Hall. In 1931 Shepard visited Grahame at his house in Pangbourne to make sketches, and at their first meeting Grahame said to him, "I love these little people, be kind to them". Shepard's classic illustrations of anthropomorphized animals, published in 1931 in both this signed issue and in an unsigned trade issue, render this the most popular version of the book even today.
Large octavo. Original green cloth-backed grey boards, white paper label to spine printed black, spare label bound in at rear. With the dust jacket. Housed in a green quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Illustrated throughout by E. H. Shepard, folding map at rear.
A near-fine copy in the jacket, lightly toned and foxed with tiny chips at extremities, yet still a very nice example.
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