The Wind In The Willows

Full Page Arthur Rackham Illustrations

Year 1940
Edition FIRST
Printing FIRST
Pages 190
Binding Hardcover
Condition Very Good
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The Heritage Press, 1940 (the year following Rackham’s death). Very good condition throughout, former owner inscription and pasted illustration on inside cover. Twelve full page color plates and twelve black & white chapter headings. Publishers blue cloth, front cover pictorially stamped in gilt, spine lettered in gilt, all edges stained red. "The book is a gentle delight, presenting illustrations by the iconic illustrator Arthur Rackham. Several full page glossy plates: the ‘Golden Day when the three heroes walked by the Caravan, Mole leading a happy horse’; the placid Rat handing a hamper to put into a boat, a plate famous among Rackham lovers because it was the boat for which Rackham forgot to draw the oars, an omission which some see as significant in view of the artist’s imminent death. Perhaps the most interesting picture is the frontispiece, which depicts the egocentric Toad levelled to the drab clothes of a no-pocket washerwoman, hopping about permissively, totally unequipped for the real contest. In the real world of people, like all egoists, animal or human, he is alien, and it is a typical piece of Rackhamerie that we should see two children laughing at the glum toad, not because he is a toad, but because he is obviously pretending to be something else." A wonderful antique Rackham illustrated classic - a fantastic gift item. 190 pages.