The Wind in the Willows.
With illustrations in colour by Wyndham Payne.London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1927 Stock Code: 137879
First Wyndham Payne edition, first impression. The Wind in the Willows was only published with a frontispiece when it first appeared in 1908. Wyndham Payne is the first British illustrator of this work, preceding E. H. Shepard by four years. "Payne's contribution was to place the characters in unmistakably English countryside. His inspired conception of Toad's canary-yellow caravan has remained through all ensuing illustrations" (Lanes).
Octavo. Original light blue cloth, titles in gilt to spine and front board, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With dust jacket.
Two-tone frontispiece and 19 plates by Wyndham Payne.
Ventnor Knight's Library ticket to front pastedown; ink gift inscription to front free endpaper. Cocked, extremities a little rubbed but still bright and fresh, light scattered foxing, otherwise unmarked. A very good copy in the very good jacket, corners a little chipped, a few edge-splits, somewhat soiled and spotted, but not restored or sunned.
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