The Wind in the Willows.London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1931 Stock Code: 138548
NotesSigned limited edition, number 172 of 200 large paper copies signed by both author and artist. Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration. Well-known for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh series, Shepard was asked to illustrate a new edition, following Milne's popular adaptation of the book for the 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. Original green cloth-backed grey boards, white paper label to spine printed in black, spare label bound in at rear. With the dust jacket. Housed in a dark green quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Illustrated throughout by E. H. Shepard, folding map at rear.
Very light bumping at spine ends, else a near-fine, square and tight copy, in near-fine jacket, spine panel lightly darkened and scuffed, tiny chips at extremities not affecting text, very lightly soiled, unrestored and not price-clipped.
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