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The Wind in the Willows.: GRAHAME, Kenneth; E.

GRAHAME, Kenneth; E. H. Shepard (illus.);

Published by London: Methuen Children's Books, 1971 (1971)

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About this Item: London: Methuen Children's Books, 1971, 1971. Octavo. Publisher's green full morocco, spine lettered gilt with raised bands and motifs in blind, vignette to front board gilt, illustrated endpapers, all edges gilt. With the publisher's illustrated slipcase. Spine with light brown mottling otherwise in excellent condition, very minor rubbing to slipcase. Colour illustrations throughout by E. H. Shepard. First full colour-illustrated edition, signed limited issue, number 148 of 250 specially bound copies, signed and numbered by E. H. Shepard. Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration, and Shepard, well-known by then for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh series, was asked to provide black and white illustrations for a new edition in 1931, following on from Milne's popular adaptation of the book for stage, Toad of Toad Hall. Shepard visited Grahame at his house in Pangbourne to make sketches, and at their first meeting Grahame said to him, "I love these little people, be kind to them". Shepard's classic illustrations of anthropomorphized animals render this the most popular version of the book even today. For this edition, Shepard redrew his illustrations, basing them on the 1931 illustrations, and added colour. Seller Inventory # 142219

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: GRAHAME, Kenneth; SHEPARD

GRAHAME, Kenneth; SHEPARD E.H.

Published by London Methuen (1971)

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About this Item: London Methuen, 1971. First full colour illustrated edition, deluxe issue, number 30 of 250 copies signed and numbered by E.H. Shepard. Original publisher's full green morocco by Zaehnsdorf and protected by publisher's printed slipcase. Raised bands and gilt titles to spine, upper cover has a gilt stamped illustration of the characters from the books. All edges gilt. A near fine copy, a shade toned to the spine but otherwise clean and bright, in a near fine slipcase. Full colour endpapers and many colour illustrations by Shepard. Since E.H. Shepard first illustrated Grahame's classic tale of the Riverbank in 1931, his images have become inextricably linked with the story. For this edition, Shepard redrew his illustrations basing them on the 1931 illustrations but adding colour. Seller Inventory # 40093

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Toad of Toad Hall. A play from: GRAHAME, Kenneth.) MILNE,

GRAHAME, Kenneth.) MILNE, A. A.

Published by London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1929 (1929)

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About this Item: London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1929, 1929. Large octavo. Original blue cloth-backed cream paper boards, printed paper label to front board, edges untrimmed, the spare label tipped-in at rear, as issued. With the dust jacket. A touch of rubbing and soiling to extremities, the binding otherwise clean and firm, internally crisp. A near-fine copy in the very good jacket, corners a little chipped, a few small dark spots to spine, light browning to folds and spine, else clean and not clipped. First edition, signed limited issue, number 131 of 200 copies signed by both Grahame and Milne and printed on handmade paper. This was the first, and highly successful, adaptation of the novel. Milne included an introduction which stated "I have, I hope, made some sort of entertainment, with enough of Kenneth Grahame in it to appease his many admirers, and enough of me in it to justify my name upon the title-page". The play was first performed at the Lyric Theatre on 17 December 1929. Seller Inventory # 139125

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The Wind in the Willows (Signed, Limited: Grahame, Kenneth; Ernest

Grahame, Kenneth; Ernest H. Shepard, illustrator.

Published by Methuen & Co (1931)

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About this Item: Methuen & Co, 1931. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. [Signed, limited, large paper edition.] "This edition is limited to 200 numbered and signed copies, of which this is No. 24."Autographed by both the author, Kenneth Grahame, and the illustrator; Ernest H. Shepard. Quite handsome. Bound in publisher's green cloth, over gray boards. Corners slightly bumped, otherwise fine. housed in custom clam shell case. Printed spine label. 312 pages : illustrations, folded map at rear; 23 cm. Uncut. Internally fine, with white, crisp, clean pages. (Also includes a spare, unaffixed spine label.) Shepard also illustrated Milne's Winnie the Pooh. His work was appreciated by Grahame, who specifically asked him to illustrate this, the first illustrated edition of the Wind in the Willows. Shepard's illustrations were highly popular and are the standard illustrations used in subsequent printings. Signed. Seller Inventory # 2005030079

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The Wind in The Willows: Grahame Kenneth

Grahame Kenneth

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About this Item: Methuen, London, 1931. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. 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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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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The Wind in the Willows.: SHEPARD, Ernest H.

SHEPARD, Ernest H. (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth.

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

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About this Item: London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1931, 1931. Large 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 block gilt to front board, inner dentelles gilt, floral endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. A fine copy. Illustrated throughout by E. H. Shepard. Signed limited edition, number 115 of 200 large paper copies signed by both Grahame and Shepard. Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration, and Shepard, well-known by then for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh series, was asked to illustrate a new edition, following on from Milne's popular adaptation of the book for stage, Toad of Toad Hall. In 1931 Shepard visited Grahame at his house in Pangbourne to make sketches, and at their first meeting Grahame said to him, "I love these little people, be kind to them". Shepard's classic illustrations of anthropomorphized animals render this the most popular version of the book even today. Seller Inventory # 135649

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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, Ernest H. (illus.)

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

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About this Item: London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1931, 1931. Large octavo. Original green cloth-backed grey boards, white paper label to spine printed in black, spare label bound in at rear. With the dust jacket. Housed in a dark green quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery. Very light bumping at spine ends, else a near-fine, square and tight copy, in near-fine jacket, spine panel lightly darkened and scuffed, tiny chips at extremities not affecting text, very lightly soiled, unrestored and not price-clipped. Illustrated throughout by E. H. Shepard, folding map at rear. Signed limited edition, number 172 of 200 large paper copies signed by both author and artist. Wind in the Willows was first published in 1908 with only a frontispiece for illustration. Well-known for his illustrations of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh series, Shepard was asked to illustrate a new edition, following Milne's popular adaptation of the book for the stage, Toad of Toad Hall. In 1931 Shepard visited Grahame at his house in Pangbourne to make sketches, and at their first meeting Grahame said to him, "I love these little people, be kind to them". Shepard's classic illustrations of anthropomorphized animals render this the most popular version of the book even today. Seller Inventory # 138548

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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

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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

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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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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS: GRAHAME, Kenneth

GRAHAME, Kenneth

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About this Item: Methuen, 1908. First edition. 8vo. Original blue-green cloth with gilt vignettes and titles to the spine and upper cover. Top edge gilt. Author's presentation copy, inscribed by Grahame on the half title, "To Ruth Ward, from her friend Kenneth Grahame / Oct. 1908" A little wear to the spine ends and corners, but generally bright and clean and notably fresh internally. Woodcut frontispiece by Graham Robertson. A rare presentation copy of one of the classics of children's literature. Ruth Ward was the daughter of family friends of the Grahame's, Sidney and Katherine Ward. Sidney Ward was a colleague of Grahame's at the Bank of England who became a close friend and "companions for hearty country weekends". (ODNB) Ruth was the same age as Grahame's son, Alastair, (known to his parents as Mouse) and became a close childhood friend. Wind in the Willows had its genesis in a series of impromptu bedtime stories which Grahame told Alastair. Katherine Ward was one of the first to hear about these stories, as Grahame refers to them in a letter to her of May 1904, "[Mouse] had a bad crying fit on the night of his birthday, and I had to tell him stories about moles, giraffes & water-rats (he selected these subjects) till after 12." This copy was sent by Grahame to Ward as a birthday present. In a letter to her, Grahame's wife Elspeth writes, "I thought you might like perhaps better than anything else a new book that Mouse's Daddy has just written, so I asked him for one for your birthday present. I want to know how you like it." The two families remained in contact throughout Grahame's life, Elspeth writing to Ruth Ward on Grahame's death in 1932 to tell him that he had been buried next to Mouse (who had committed suicide in 1920), "Kenneth so loved the Boy & so loved Oxford itself that we are glad to think he rests there. I felt you knew Mouse so well & Kenneth also that I would like you to know they were together." Presentation copies of the first edition of Wind in the Willows are of the utmost rarity in commerce. We know of but six copies, 1. Inscribed to Helen Grahame (Oct. 1908). Private American Collection. 2. Inscribed to Ruth Ward (Oct. 1908). Present copy. 3. Inscribed to Foy Quiller-Couch (Oct. 1908). Private American Collection. 4. Inscribed to Thomas Anstey Guthrie ("F. Anstey") (Oct. 1908). Private British collection. 5. Inscribed to Constance Smedley (Oct. 1908). Sold Sotheby Oct. 1981. 6. Inscribed to Mary E. Richardson. Sold Sotheby July 1965. Osborne p. 349. Seller Inventory # 38987

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