ADAMS, Richard (author). John LAWRENCE (illustrator). Watership Down. Harmondsworth, Kestrel Books/Penguin Books Ltd, 1976.
Large 8vo. Publisher's brown cloth-backed cream boards, lettered in gilt and decorated in black to spine, with pictorial dustwrapper with wrap-around design after a watercolour by Lawrence, and pictorial slipcase; pp. [x] + [iv], -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 near fine copy, both externally and internally, with a touch of browning to top edge of book block, protected by a very good, price-clipped dustrapper with a touch of fading to spine, one tiny closed nick to bottom edge of upper panel and a 13mm closed tear to front flap fold at bottom edge, both neatly repaired to the reverse with archival tissue-tape, large folding map fine; slipcase also near fine with just gentle rubbing to edges.
First illustrated edition of this classic, first published by Rex Collings in an unillustrated edition, in 1972.