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Kenneth Graham was born in Scotland on 8th March 1859. His mother died young, from scarlet fever which also affected Grahame who very nearly died and was dogged with ill health throughout his life as a result. His initial success with Golden Age and Dream Days was considerable and whilst it may be surprising today, Wind in the Willows did not meet with the same immediate success. Today is regarded as one of the most important children's books of all time. The original edition was not illustrated, bar the frontis. In 1913 Paul Bransom provided drawings for a new edition, as did Nancy Barnhart in 1922 and Wyndham Payne in 1927. It was in 1931 that Ernest Shepherd took on the commission for the most famous illustrated edition, and in doing so shaped the characters in the image we all know today.
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The Wind in the Willows

Title   Date Notes
First UK edition Methuen 1908 Jacket priced 6/-
First US edition Scribners 1908  
UK illustrated Bodley 1931 EH Shepherd
As above signed limited Bodley 1931 Signed by author and artist, 275 copies
US Limited Editions Club   1940 Arthur Rackham

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Title   Date Notes
The pagan Papers Lane 1894  
The Golden Age Lane 1895 US: Kimball 1895
The Headswoman Bodley 1898 Wrappers
Dream Days Lane US 1899 1st issue, ads to rear dated 1898. UK: Bodley 1902
Fun o' the Fair Dent 1929 Wraps
The Kenneth Grahame Book Methuen 1932  
The Reluctant Dragon Garden 1941  
First Whisper of Wind in the Willows Methuen 1944  
Sweet Home Methuen 1946  
Toad Goes Caravanning Methuen 1947  
Bertie's Escapade Methuen 1949 US: Lippincott 1949

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