1931. London: Methuen and Co., Ltd. 1931.
8vo, (6), 1-312, (1)-8, ads. pp. Illustrated throughout by Shepard with map endpapers. Original green cloth with Mr Toad, Mole, and Ratty in gilt on upper cover and gilt titles on backstrip, slight wear to head and crown of backstrip and lightly spotted endpapers. In the original pictorial dust-jacket, slightly browned with rubbing and nicks to spine ends. A very good copy of this children’s classic.
§ First edition to be illustrated by Ernest Shepard. The adventures of Ratty, Mole, and Mr Toad were first published in 1908; though Methuen had employed other artists on the book over the years, Shepard’s gently comic line drawings were quickly recognized as the definitive vision of the river bank. Item #106386