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Grahame, Kenneth

Published by Methuen & Co. Ltd., London (1930)

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About this Item: Methuen & Co. Ltd., London, 1930. Hard Cover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. Thirty-fourth Edition. Brown cloth boards lightly rubbed on edges. Pages are clean, text has no markings, binding is sound. Gift inscription from English Poet Harold Morland on fep, personal letter from Morland taped onto feb. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Signed. Seller Inventory # 242943A

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Wind in the Willows, The: GRAHAME, Kenneth; Shepard,

GRAHAME, Kenneth; Shepard, Ernest H.; Milne, A.A.; Fraser-Simson, H.

Published by London: Methuen & Co., 1931 (1931)

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About this Item: London: Methuen & Co., 1931, 1931. Signed Limited Edition of "The Wind in the Willows" GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen & Co., [1931]. First edition illustrated by Shepard. (The first edition was published in 1908 with a frontispiece by Graham Robertson.) Limited to 200 numbered copies on handmade paper, signed the Kenneth Grahame and Ernest H. Shepard, this being No. 62. Small quarto (8 7/8 x 7 1/8 inches; 225 x 182 mm.). [2, blank], [6], 312 pp. Text illustrations. Folding map at end. Publisher's quarter green buckram over gray boards. Printed paper label on spine. All edges uncut. Engraved bookplate of Geoffrey Hunter-Brown and neat ink inscription "From Mother. April 2nd/32" on front paste-down. Some very light foxing on uncut edges only, minimal rubbing to corners, otherwise a fine copy housed in a green buckram slipcase. The Wind in the Willows, "one of the central classics of children's fiction, was Grahame's fourth book.It began life as a series of bedtime stories told to his son Alastair, known as Mouse.the first of these was told on Mouse's fourth birthday, 12 May 1904, and concerned 'moles, giraffes & water-rats', these being the animals the boy had selected for subject.Probably the stories continued at intervals over the next three years; certainly a lengthy narrative in which Toad played the principal part (and in which there were no giraffes) had been begun by May 1907. During that month Mouse was on holiday on the South Coast with his governess, Miss Stott, and his father wrote him a series of story-letters.The letters, some of which were addressed to 'Michael Robinson', Mouse's pet name for himself, continued every few days until September.they describe Toad's adventures much as in the published book, but pay no more that cursory attention to Rat, Mole, and Badger. The early ones.tell the tale abruptly in the manner of a synopsis, but by the end Grahame is writing the story at its proper pace, with dialogue and detailed, carefully-written narrative. It seems that his decision to try to get it published was the result of meetings with Constance Smedley, an American lady who among other things was European representative of the magazine Everybody's. Its editor asked her to try to persuade Grahame to produce a new book.she went to see him, somehow discovered about the story being told to Alastair, and encouraged him to work it up for publication.The book was not accepted by Everybody's, Miss Smedley's magazine, and indeed Grahame's agent Curtis Brown had great difficulty in placing it at all. But it was finally taken in England by Methuen, who published it in Oct. 1908.The Wind in the Willows was not at first a success with the public. Many readers who were devoted to The Golden Age and Dream Days were disconcerted to find that the new book was not about children but animals. Almost no reviewer perceived anything of its purpose.Despite the disappointing reception, sales were high enough for Methuen to reprint the book before the end of 1908, and further reprints were issued in 1909, 1910, 1911, and 1913. By 1926 it was in its 21st printing, and when Graham died six years later his name had become associated far more with The Wind in the Willows than with his earlier successes." (The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature). Seller Inventory # 04723

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The Wind in The Willows: Grahame Kenneth

Grahame Kenneth

Published by Methuen, London (1931)

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About this Item: Methuen, London, 1931. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Shepard E H (illustrator). 1st Edition. Signed Limited Edition Signed by both Kenneth Grahame and by E H Shepard. This is number 127 of the large paper edition edition of only 200. the grey boards are bumped to the bottom corners. and the green cloth spine is a little rubbed and faded as is the title label. The spare title label is bound in at the rear of the book. Many little black and white line drawings to the text showing all the well loved characters. A rare book in fair condition. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 008813

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The Wind in the Willows. Introduction by: RACKHAM, Arthur.) GRAHAME,

RACKHAM, Arthur.) GRAHAME, Kenneth.

Published by London: Methuen & Co., 1951 (1951)

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About this Item: London: Methuen & Co., 1951, 1951. Tall octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in dark green morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, pictorial onlay to front board, twin rule to turn-ins gilt, burgundy endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. A fine copy. With 12 mounted plates in colour and many line-drawings. Deluxe edition, number 305 of 500 copies. This is the one-hundredth edition of Grahame's timeless classic, which was originally published in 1908, with just a frontispiece, by Graham Robertson. Rackham's illustrations for the text first appeared in the Limited Editions Club edition of 1940, and it was the last work he illustrated. "During his last illness Rackham worked on illustrations to Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, a book for which he had a strong affection, and which he had longed for years to illustrate. The resulting pictures (the edition was published posthumously in 1940) are among his most affecting works, replete with wit, invention, and carefully controlled emotion" (ODNB). Seller Inventory # 107331

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Grahame, Kenneth

Published by Methuen, London (1908)

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About this Item: Methuen, London, 1908. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing SIGNED BY Kenneth Grahame on a laid in signature. A wonderful copy. The book is bound in the publisher's ORIGINAL blue cloth and is in great shape. The binding is tight with NO cocking or leaning with minor wear to the boards. The pages are clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. A superb copy SIGNED by the author. We buy Kenneth Grahame First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 000049

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GRAHAME, KENNETH

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About this Item: Methuen, London, 1931. Cloth and Boards. Condition: About Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: VG+. E.H. Shepard (illustrator). 1st of This Edition. Number 46 of 200 copies on hand made paper. Signed by Grahame and Shepard. One quarter green buckram over gray boards with paper label to spine. Cream dust jacket with navy lettering. Dust jacket has slight sunning to the rear panel but is o/w fine with just a touch of edgewear. The book is fine. A spectacular copy in the rare dust jacket of the first edition in which Grahame approved and liked the illustrations. Size: Octavo. Signed By the Author & Illustrator. Seller Inventory # 16588

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: GRAHAME, Kenneth; SHEPARD,

GRAHAME, Kenneth; SHEPARD, E.H.

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About this Item: Methuen, 1931. First edition illustrated by Shepard. Deluxe issue, one of only 200 copies, printed on handmade paper and signed by both Kenneth Grahame and E.H. Shepard. Royal 8vo. Green cloth spine and paper covered boards with printed labels, in printed dustwrapper. A fine book in a near fine dustwrapper, with very slight dustiness to the rear panel. Illustrated throughout by Shepard and with fold out map of Toad Hall and its vicinity to the rear. The small limitation and its popularity make this a very rare book, especially hard to find in nice condition. Seller Inventory # 24439

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Grahame, Kenneth

Published by Methuen (1931)

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About this Item: Methuen, 1931. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. SIGNED/LIMITED EDITION. A beautiful copy SIGNED by GRAHAME and ERNEST SHEPARD the illustrator. The book is in wonderful shape with light wear to the boards. The pages are exceptionally clean with NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. Overall, a superb copy SIGNED by both the author and illustrator. We buy SIGNED Grahame First Editions. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # ABE-9050921071

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: GRAHAME, Kenneth

GRAHAME, Kenneth

Published by Methuen (1908)

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About this Item: Methuen, 1908. Second edition, printed in the same month as the first edition and in identical format. 8vo. Original blue-green cloth with gilt illustration on the spine and upper cover. Top edge gilt. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the half-title, "Austin M. Purves / with greeting, + all the good wishes of the season, from Kenneth Grahame, Christmas 1908" A beautiful, fine copy, bright and crisp and internally perfect. A superb copy. Striking black and white frontispiece by Graham Robertson. Austin Montgomery Purves was a Philadelphia based businessman, associated with the Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing Company for more than thirty years. Purves had a keen interest in grand opera as well as art and literature and sought to move in artistic circles, counting Maxfield Parrish, Jessie Wilcox Smith and Arthur Quiller-Couch amongst his friend. They met the Grahames at Fowey in 1907, "while the Grahame's were at Fowey in May and June 1907, they made the acquaintance of an American family also on holiday there - Mr and Mrs Austin Purves of Philadelphia, and their five sons. Kenneth actually stood godfather to Pierre, the youngest, at his Fowey christening. Grahame and Austin Purves continued to correspond regularly until the latter's death in 1915." - Peter Green (Kenneth Grahame A Study of His Life, Work and Times) Purves sought to help Grahame by writing a favourable review of the American edition Wind in the Willows for an American magazine. In a letter to Purves of November 1908, Grahame wrote, "I'm most awfully obliged to you for the solid work you are putting in on behalf of 'the W. in the W.' Your review was perfectly charming, & is bound to be most helpful. That the book has given you all personal pleasure is of course very good for me to think of." Presentation copies of The Wind in the Willows are decidedly rare. Seller Inventory # 38988

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