Robertson, Walford Graham

Walford Graham Robertson (18661948), portrait and landscape painter, book illustrator, theatrical costume designer, playwright and collector. The portrait is from a painting by John Singer Sargent done in 1894.
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The Wind in the Willows,  1st edn 1908 (1st printing) (Kenneth Grahame) This is how the original jacket -- now fabulously rare and priced accordingly -- first appeared, on 8th October 1908. Subsequent printings were priced at 7/6 Net.

It was reviewed by Arthur Ransome, who judged it an out-and-out failure - 'like a speech to Hottentots made in Chinese'. However, in later life he likened himself to Old Badger in The Wind in the Willows.

The jacket illustration is assumed to be by Graham Robertson, who provided the frontispiece.

See the Esprit section for a variant of this jacket, which reflects the gilt boards of the book together with contemporary author's photo and review of the book.

ReproJacket #122-A-0, size 196.8x444mm.
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The Wind in the Willows,  1st edn 1908 (2nd printing) (Kenneth Grahame)The second printing shows an increase to the price at the foot of the front panel.

Jacket design assumed by Graham Robertson.

ReproJacket #122-B-0, size 196.8x444mm.
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The Wind in the Willows, 1st edn 1908 Esprit  (Kenneth Grahame)This Esprit ReproJacket shows the beautiful gilt-stamped boards of the very first edition of this famous book. The cover illustrations are presumed to be by Graham Robertson, who provided the frontispiece entitled And a River went out of Eden.

Also included are a contemporary review and a photograph of the author on the back flap. The front flap shows the price of the 1st issue, six shillings; it was increased to seven and sixpence for the 2nd issue!

ReproJacket #122-A-1 Esprit, size 196.8x444mm.