The Wind in the Willows.London, Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1931 Stock Code: 135649
NotesSigned limited edition, number 115 of 200 large paper copies signed by both Grahame and Shepard. 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 render this the most popular version of the book even today.
Large octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in dark green morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, pictorial block gilt to front board, inner dentelles gilt, floral endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Illustrated throughout by E. H. Shepard.
A fine copy.
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