Watership Down
Watership Down
Watership Down

ADAMS, Richard (author). John LAWRENCE (illustrator). Watership Down.

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double-signed by Adams and also signed by Lawrence

ADAMS, Richard (author). John LAWRENCE (illustrator). Watership Down. Harmondsworth, Middlesex; Penguin Books/Kestrel Books. 1979.

8vo. Original brown cloth-backed cream boards, lettered in gilt and decorated in black to spine, with pictorial dustwrapper, preserved in original pictorial slipcase; pp. [x] + [iv], [17]-550, with folding map to rear, profusely illustrated with tinted, coloured, and monochrome drawings printed as decorations to the margins and as full-page plates; a fine copy, both externally and internally, without ownership inscription, protected by a very good, price-clipped, dustwrapper with mild uniform sun-lightening to spine and a little tiny nicking, and a touch of associated lateral creasing, to head, now skilfully given a touch of reinforcement to the reverse with archival tissue-tape, slipcase near fine, with only a touch of rubbing to a corner; scarce signed.
First illustrated edition of this children's classic first published by Rex Collings, in an unillustrated format, in 1972. This copy is double-signed in ink, to a front blank, on publication in 1976, by both the author Richard Adams and the illustrator John Lawrence.
Sold with the original 40-page printed Watership Down exhibition catalogue published by Henry Sotheran Ltd. to celebrate the tenth anniversary of publication, in 1982, with 8-pages of photographs in half-tones, this also signed in ink by both Richard Adams and John Lawrence.