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ADAMS, Richard.

Watership Down.

Illustrated by John Lawrence.

Harmondsworth: The Paradine Press, 1976 Stock Code: 141188
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First illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 16 of 250 specially bound copies signed by both the author and illustrator. This copy has an original watercolour depicting Pipkin, drawn and initialled by the illustrator, on the first blank.

Adams's first novel, Watership Down was initially turned down by the major publishing houses, before publication by Rex Collings in 1972, and it was quickly established as a major work of British post-war literature. Sales exceeded 100,000 copies in the first year, and Adams was awarded both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award for children's fiction. The novel was adapted into an animated film in 1978, and two animated television series, the first running from 1999 to 2001, the second airing in 2018.

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Large octavo. Original dark green crushed morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, raised bands forming compartments to spine, titles direct to second and third in gilt, fleurons to first and fifth and rabbit motifs to fourth and sixth in gilt, rabbit vignette to front cover in gilt, edges and turn-ins gilt, green and yellow endbands, marbled endpapers. In the marbled slipcase as issued.


Original watercolour to the first blank. Colour frontispiece, numerous illustrations to the text in colour and black and white, folding colour map tipped-in at rear.


Spine just a trifle darkened, otherwise fine, fresh copy in the original slipcase.


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