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RACKHAM, Arthur (illus.); GRAHAME, Kenneth.
The Wind in the Willows. Introduction by A. A. Milne.
London: Methuen & Co., 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, floral endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. The occasional minor blemish, an excellent copy in a fine binding. With 12 mounted colour plates and many line-drawings. Deluxe edition, number 323 of 500 copies. This 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).
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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