Title: The Wind in the Willows
Author: Kenneth Grahame
Illustrator: Ernest H. Shepard
Publisher: Methuen Children's Books
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Good/Very Good
Description: "The Wind in the Willows, the story of Mole and Rat, of Badger and Toad, has been enjoyed by countless children ever since Kenneth Grahame first began to tell his own son a series of stories on the evening of his fourth birthday. The tale about a toad was continued over the next few years and the second half was written down in the form of letters. Twenty years later, and to the author's delight, Ernest Shepard came to illustrate the book and through his classic drawings the characters have become the intimate friends of all those who love the stories. Now the original illustrations are appearing in full colour, in an edition which reveals the delicacy and freshness of Ernest Shepard's work. As the author himself wrote, it is a book for those 'who keep the spirit of youth alive in them; of life, sunshine, running water, woodlands, dusty roads, winter firesides.'"
Orange cloth boards depict a blind-stamped illustration of Toad ambling contentedly with a cigar. Gilded text to spine. Latter and corners are negligibly bumped. Unclipped (£9.95) pictorial jacket has some light, localised scratches to the front, and a minor scribble on rear (refer to additional image). A handful of pages are creased from handling, else all are in excellent condition: glossy, bright, unmarked, and free from foxing or tanning.
Measures 23.5 cm × 16 cm (9.4″ × 6.4″). Large 8vo. 262 pp.