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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS.

Grahame, Kenneth. (Text) Hague, Michael. (Illustrations)

ISBN 10: 0030562945 / ISBN 13: 9780030562945
Published by HOLT, RINEHART AND WINSTON., NY, 1980
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First Edition of the Michael Hague illustrated edition. A uncommon advance salesman's dummy designed for the publisher's sales force prior to publication for purposes of promoting the book. This copy is INSCRIBED on the front endpaper by Michael Hague 3 months prior to publication to an individual involved in the marketing of the book. Near fine in a Vg.+ dj. (Dj. has a 1 1/2"-inch tear at the head of the rear panel, with some smaller edge tears & shallow chipping to spine ends) A remarkable production, involving the hand pasting of full-color illustrations onto the pages in the text. Some of the larger illustrations appear uncropped, as opposed to their slightly dimminshed size in the published format. A few of the smaller images at the beginning of the text have become detached and are laid-in. A little less than half the text is present, though not represented in chronological order. The remaining portion is blank. It is unlikely that more than a few copies were produced. Michael Hague's FIRST and most enduring book project.; Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 306352

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Title: THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS.

Publisher: HOLT, RINEHART AND WINSTON., NY

Publication Date: 1980

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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Synopsis:

The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

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"[Mole] thought his happiness was complete when, as he meandered aimlessly along, suddenly he stood by the edge of a full-fed river. Never in his life had he seen a river before--this sleek, sinuous, full-bodied animal, chasing and chuckling, gripping things with a gurgle and leaving them with a laugh, to fling itself on fresh playmates that shook themselves free, and were caught and held again." Such is the cautious, agreeable Mole's first introduction to the river and the Life Adventurous. Emerging from his home at Mole End one spring, his whole world changes when he hooks up with the good-natured, boat-loving Water Rat, the boastful Toad of Toad Hall, the society- hating Badger who lives in the frightening Wild Wood, and countless other mostly well-meaning creatures. Michael Hague's exquisitely detailed, breathtaking color illustrations on almost every generous spread--along with Kenneth Grahame's elegant, delightfully old-fashioned characterizations of the animals--make this book a wonderful read-aloud. Grahame's The Wind in the Willows has enchanted readers for four generations, and this lavishly illustrated gift edition is perhaps the finest around. (All ages, or 9 to 12)

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