Kenneth Grahame rare books and memorabilia

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2015-06-26 11:07:33

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Kenneth Grahame rare books and memorabilia

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) rare books and memorabilia are collectible items relating to Scottish children’s author Kenneth Grahame.

Brief History/biography

Kenneth Grahame began to publish stories in London periodicals as a young man, which were later published in collections such as Pagan Papers (1893), The Golden Age (1895), and Dream Days (1898). He is best known for classic novel The Wind in the Willows (1908), and The Reluctant Dragon (originally published as a chapter in Dream Days). First published in plain text, The Wind in the Willows was released in numerous illustrated editions over the years. It was in its 31st printing when it was adapted in part for a stage play by A.A Milne.

Types of rare books and memorabilia

Books

Bonhams

  • The Wind in the Willows (1908) first edition, signed presentation copy, sold for £32,400 in March 2010.
  • The Wind and the Willows (1931), one of 200 copies on handmade paper, signed by Grahame, signed and illustrated by E. H. Shepard, sold for £4,320 in September 2007.
  • The Wind in the Willows (1908) first edition, sold for £1,800 in June 2010.

Christie’s

  • The Wind in the Willows (1931), one of 200 copies on handmade paper, signed by Grahame, signed and illustrated by E. H. Shepard, inscribed to A. A. Milne. Sold for $15,600 in April 2005.
  • The Wind in the Willows (1908), first edition, sold for £3,120 in November 2006.

Sothebys

  • The Wind in the Willows (1908) first edition with dust jacket, sold for £30,000 in December 2009.
  • The Wind in the Willows (1931) one of 200 copies on handmade paper, signed by Grahame, signed and illustrated by E. H. Shepard, sold for £6,250 in December 2008.
  • The Wind in the Willows (1971), signed and illustrated by E. H. Shepard, sold for £3,360 in December 2006.

Guide for collectors

The story is worth more than the man in this case, with items relating to Kenneth Grahame himself and his life not attracting particular interest from collectors. His timeless classic, The Wind in the Willows , however, is eminently collectible in many different editions and very desirable.

While exceedingly rare, copies of his stories in the original London periodicals where they were first published would be a marvellous find for a collector.

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