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Watership Down [Inscribed]
Rex Collings, London 1972 - First Impression. 8vo: viii,413,[1]pp, with folding map by Marilyn Hemmett colored in outline. Publisher's cinnamon-colored cloth, spine lettered in gilt, upper cover stamped in gilt with rabbit device; in mustard-colored illustrated dust jacket printed in black, priced £3.50. Inscribed by Adams on the title page: To Miranda Parrish / with best wishes from / Richard Adams / August 1973. Fine (probably unread), binding tight and square, corners firm and sharp, pages clean and crisp; just about Fine jacket with several short closed tears and light soiling to spine panel. Watership Down takes its title from the name of a hill in the north of Hampshire, where Adams grew up (and to which the small band of rabbits journey in their quest to establish a new home as they escape destruction of their warren). The novel, Adams' s first, was rejected by 13 publishers before Rex Collings accepted it, and it has never gone out of print (in fact, it is Penguin Books' s best-selling novel of all time). In the International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature, Peter Hunt calls the book "the most successful single postwar animal story, which is almost ironic, considering that Watership Down is a gritty, often frightening tale in which characters die violent deaths or become maimed, and these facts of life are not disguised. Hunt quotes an interview with Adams, in which Adams said of his writing style, "I derived early the idea that one must at all costs tell the truth to children, not so much about mere physical pain and fear, but about the really unanswerable things—what Thomas Hardy called 'the essential grimness of the human situation.'" Adapted into an animated film featuring the voices of John Hurt, Ralph Richardson, Denholm Elliott and Zero Mostel. Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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