London: Methuen & Co., 1931.
. The Wind in the Willows. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen & Co., 1931.
GRAHAME, Kenneth. The Wind in the Willows. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen & Co., .
First edition illustrated by Shepard. (The first edition was published in 1908 with a frontispiece by Graham Robertson.) Limited to 200 numbered copies on handmade paper, signed by both the author and illustrator. This being copy number 42. Small quarto (8 3/4 x 7 1/4 inches; 220 x 185 mm). [2, blank], , 312 pp. Text illustrations. Folding map at end.
Original quarter green buckram over gray boards. Printed paper label on spine. All edges uncut. Additional printed paper spine label tipped in at end. A fine copy.
Always a champion of The Wind in the Willows, A.A. Milne turned the novel into the play Toad of Toad Hall in 1929. Not surprisingly, Milne focused primarily on the animals, excising most of Grahame's romantic fantasy. When Grahame's work was originally published in 1908 it received only moderate enthusiasm, but the huge success of Milne's stage version, and this subsequent republication of the book with Shepard's illustrations, helped establish the book as a children's classic.