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RACKHAM, Arthur; GRAHAME, Kenneth
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS With an Introduction by A.A. Milne.
London Methuen, 1951. First UK Rackham edition, Deluxe issue. Number 142 of 500 large paper copies. A notoriously fragile book. The original white calf binding has a replaced spine retaining original gilt lettering. The text is printed on handmade paper, with top edge gilt and others untrimmed. A good copy, internally beautiful. Twelve beautiful mounted colour plates with captions printed below, as well as many line drawings. This deluxe edition celebrates the 100th edition of the Wind in the Willows. Towards the end of his career Arthur Rackham decided to undertake a series of illustrations to Grahame's tale. He had been approached in 1908 to illustrate the first edition, but due to contractual obligations was unable to to take up the offer. It was always in his mind that this was a major story to which he had not turned his hand and he spent the final years of his life preparing a series of illustrations to the tale. Neither Rackham nor Grahame lived to see the realisation of their collaboration. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Jonkers Rare Books [Henley on Thames, OXON, United Kingdom]
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