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The Wind in the Willows
1908. Frontispiece by Graham Robertson. First edition. 8vo., original green cloth, pictorial design of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, blocked in gilt on the front cover, and Mr. Toad in the willows blocked on the spine. Uncut. London, Methuen and Co. Originally written as bedtime stories and letters addressed to Grahame's only child, a sickly boy named Alastair and nicknamed 'Mouse', the book was rejected by Grahame's publisher The Bodley Head and eventually taken up by Methuen, albeit without advance payment, ?such was the firm's lack of confidence in the book? (ODNB). ?After the publication of The Wind in the Willows by Methuen in 1908, it found an unlikely transatlantic fan in US president Theodore Roosevelt who, in 1909, wrote to Grahame to tell him that he had ?read it and reread it, and have come to accept the characters as old friends? Elsewhere, the critical response was more mixed, and it was not until AA Milne adapted parts of the book into a popular stage version, Toad of Toad Hall, in 1929, that it became established as the evergreen children's classic it is known as today? (The Guardian). With some very light wear to the extremities of the binding, a very small bookseller's ticket on the front paste-down, a very small area of offsetting from a previously attached clipping, and occasional foxing to the text, but an excellent copy overall. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Maggs Bros. Ltd ABA, ILAB, PBFA, BA [London, United Kingdom]
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