The Wind in the Willows | 1908, rare first edition, first impression


£8,500.00 GBP

"The joy and self-confidence in so much of Grahame's text. ensured the book's place as a children's classic" (Grolier)

"one of the central classics of children's fiction" (Oxford Companion to Children's Literature).

rare first edition, first impression of one of the most beloved modern children's books, inspired by the bedtime stories that Kenneth Grahame told his son.

Grahame's famed children's novel, featuring the beloved Mr. Toad, Rat, Badger, and Mole. Much of the plot of The Wind in the Willows had its origins both in the bedtime stories Grahame had invented to tell his own son, and in Grahame's childhood experiences in Berkshire county. It would be adapted into the well-known play Toad of Toad Hall, by A.A. Milne, in 1929.

This is one of the most sought after books in collecting.

Description and Condition:

First edition, First impression. Original publishers green cloth boards with gilt illustration and lettering, minor rubbing at base of spine but this is minor and presents incredibly well. Internally the book is in cracking condition with uncut pages which are top edged in gilt. There are some blemishes and minor foxing here and there but nothing to worry about. The books features a new tissue guard and the frontis illustration is in clean condition (so often encountered in a truly awful state!). An excellent example.

Published by Methuen & Co, London, 1908