First printing of one of the most beloved modern children's books, a superior copy in a tremendously intact original dust jacket.
"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
Inspired by the bedtime stories that Kenneth Grahame told his son, THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS follows the bucolic adventures of anthropomorphized animals on the banks of the Thames. The friends' peace is broken when Mr. Toad's obsession with motor-cars leads him down a destructive path. Shenanigans ensue, including grand theft auto, a prison break, a midnight battle, and a dreamlike meeting with Pan. The stories of timid Mole, practical Rat, wise Badger, and intemperate Mr. Toad remain excellent bedtime reading. While this scarce dust jacket is a second issue, first-issue jackets are even rarer, with the last copy to appear at auction selling for £30,000 in 2009 (Sotheby's). A very desirable copy of the arcadian classic.
London: Methuen and Company, 1908. 7.5'' x 4.75'' Original pictorial gilt-stamped green cloth. In original orange jacket with design repeated from front board in green, priced "7/6 NET." Ivory endpapers, top edge gilt, other edges uncut. Tissue-guarded pictorial frontispiece. , 302,  pages. Housed in custom quarter green goatskin clamshell box with orange cloth. Light spotting and edgewear to cloth, offsetting to endpapers, scattered foxing to text. Jacket a little soiled at edges but remarkably free from wear or chipping.
Very good plus in near-fine jacket.
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