The Golden Age. [and] Dream Days. With Illustrations and Decorations by Ernest A. Shepard.

The Golden Age. [and] Dream Days. With Illustrations and Decorations by Ernest A. Shepard.
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London: John Lane, The Bodley Head Limited, [1928 & 1930]. 2 vols., 8vo, xi, 167; xii, 168 pp. with 57 plates and text illustrations and numerous decorations by Shepard. Original marbled boards backed in gilt-lettered vellum, preserved in modern orange cloth double slipcase. Some rubbing along edges; free endpapers discolored by paste offset; overall a crisp set. First editions thus; first published in 1895 and 1898. #33 and #183 of 275 large-paper copies signed by both Grahame and Shepard. These two collections of tales, most of them about the escapades of five brothers and sisters living in a large country house, made Kenneth Grahame famous as a writer for and about children, to the extent that many critics and readers disparaged The Wind in the Willows when it appeared in 1898 for being unlike the two beloved previous books. Shepard's great success as the illustrator of these two works led to his being commissioned to illustrate the 1931 edition of The Wind in the Willows when Arthur Rackham had to turn down the job. (Item Id: 8764)

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