Designed By "the most distinguished American designer of books in our time" (Updike)
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
By Kenneth Grahame, with introduction by A.A. Milne, illustrated by Arthur Rackham
Signed limited first Rackham edition, one of 2020 copies signed by fine press book designer Bruce Rogers, a stunning copy.
About fine in very good slipcase.
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
The distinctly English atmosphere of this classic bucolic tale notwithstanding, this edition was first published in the United States and not published in England until 1950. Only two years before this edition, Updike called Rogers "the most exquisitely sensitive designer of books that this country, or perhaps any country, possesses." The stories of timid Mole, practical Rat, wise Badger, and intemperate Mr. Toad remain excellent bedtime reading. This is a beautiful gift edition.
Read more: Daniel Berkeley Updike's introductory note to the 1939 Grolier Club catalogue, The Work of Bruce Rogers, Jack of Trades: Master of One, xi, xv.
New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1940. 11.25'' x 8''. Original quarter tan cloth, orange patterned boards. In original green slipcase. Top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Illustrated by Rackham with 16 magnificent mounted color plates. 245,  pages. Signed by Rogers on limitation page at rear. Book a couple barely visible spots to spine, else fine; slipcase repaired at joints.
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