Lot 46
  • 46

Grahame, Kenneth

Estimate
50,000 - 60,000 GBP
Sold
60,000 GBP
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Description

  • Grahame, Kenneth
  • The Wind in the Willows. Methuen and Co., 1908
  • paper
8vo (189 x 123mm.), FIRST EDITION, frontispiece by Graham Robertson, partially unopened, original pictorial blue cloth stamped in gilt on upper cover and spine, autograph letter signed by the author to Captain J.C. Grahame loosely inserted, about his semi-retirement to the country and being unable to help with his correspondent's genealogical research  ("...I possess practically nothing, & am not in communication with anyone who could help, having long lost touch with any Scottish connexions...": Mayfield, Cookham Dene, 22 July 1908), top edge gilt, others uncut, DUST-JACKET (with price 6/- on upper panel), collector's matching cloth case and quarter green morocco slipcase, very minute nicks to jacket, minor offsetting to endpapers, traces of spotting to edges

Provenance

Mildred Greenhill, bookplate; H. Bradley Martin, his sale at Sotheby's New York, 30-31 January 1990, lot 2363

Catalogue Note

A BEAUTIFUL COPY OF ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS BOOKS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, PRESERVED IN THE RARE DUST-JACKET.

"It can be seriously argued that [The Wind in the Willows] is not a children's book at all. Despite the presence of Rat, Toad, Mole, and Badger as central characters, it can be read as an account of threat of social change and the destruction of rural England, and of the response of a generation..." (Peter Hunt, Oxford DNB)

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