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The Wind in the Willows Cloth - 1953

by Grahame, Kenneth

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New York, NY, U.S.A.: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1953. Cloth. Very Good +/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Shepard, Ernest H.. [3] Preface, [2] map, 259pp. Illustrations in text. Frontis map. Gift inscription inked lightly top corner ffep. Illustrated cloth w willow leaf motif. No edgewear. Mild bumping to head and tail. Binding square and sound. Illustrated DJ with same willow leaf pattern showing toning to spine, 1cm triangular loss to top front corner, shallow loss to head, 1,5cm chip loss to top front edge adjacent to spine, small chip loss to top back edge, small wear to tail. DJ preserved in mylar cover. Small octavo: 204 x 150mm. Originally published in 1908 by Scribner without illustration and little anticipation of success, this 1953 edition celebrates the acclaim that came to the story, and especially to the editions first illustrated by Shepard in 1931. For this 1953 edition he contributed six further illustrations, previously unpublished and drawn from the notebooks he compiled in illustrating the 1931 edition. The willow leaf motif appearing on the cloth binding and the DJ was designed by Valenti Angelo and was used on companion editions of Grahame's first two novels, The Golden Age, and, Dream Days. Charles Scribner IV contributed a publisher's Preface for this edition. - from the DJ and the Preface.

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  • Title The Wind in the Willows
  • Illustrator Shepard, Ernest H.
  • Author Grahame, Kenneth
  • Binding Cloth
  • Condition Very Good +
  • Publisher Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, NY, U.S.A.
  • Date 1953
  • Bookseller's Inventory # 046048

About this book

The Wind in the Willows is a classic children's book by Kenneth Grahame, published in 1908. The story follows the adventures of four animal friends - Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad - as they explore the English countryside, battle against weasels and stoats, and learn about the value of friendship, loyalty, and the joys of a simple life. Through their adventures, the characters discover the importance of home and the pleasures of a peaceful existence. With its charming characters, vivid descriptions of nature, and timeless themes, The Wind in the Willows remains a beloved classic today.

First edition identification

Methuen and Company published the First UK Edition, First Printing hardcover in 1908, London. The edition is bound in green-blue cloth boards with intricate gold gilt illustrations and lettering. The first edition dust wrapper can be identified by the publisher’s printed price of 6’- on the front panel on peach-tan paper with black inked illustration. 

Methuen and Company published the First Illustrated Edition hardcover in 1931, London. The illustrated edition was made in a set of 200 copies signed by both Grahame and Shepard, printed on handmade paper. Grahame's children's classic was originally published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for an illustration. Although the work was subsequently published with illustrations by several artists, it was E. H. Shepard who brought the narrative to life with his evocative line drawings