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The Wind in the Willows, 1st edn 1908 (1st printing) (Kenneth Grahame)

(Code: 122-A-0)
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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.