Author(s): GRAHAME Kenneth
An instant bestseller on its initial publication in 1908, "The Wind in the Willows" is one of the greatest books in children's literature. Hundreds of illustrations illuminate the adventures of Mole, Mr Toad, Badger, Otter, Ratty and all the other favourite characters. In addition to notes on automobiles, picnics, gypsies, caravans, English mansions and peculiar dukes, scholar Annie Gauger has uncovered extraordinary new material on Grahame, his troubled family life and the origins of the story. Her preface puts Grahame's work in historical and literary context and she provides biographies of all the illustrators. With a stirring introduction by best-selling author Brian Jacques, "The Annotated Wind in the Willows" promises to become the authoritative edition of this classic work, published in time for the 150th anniversary of the author's birth.
[A] superlative book...It is the ultimate desk-bound person's fantasy scheme. -- Roger Lewis
* Lavishly designed and elegantly laid-out, this edition includes all the original illustrations by Paul Bransom, Nancy Barnhart and Wyndham Payne, along with the three illustrations from the first Methuen edition by Grahame Robertson. Also included are illustrations by Arthur Rackham and works by E.H. Shepard, along with rare family photographs.