Watership Down by Richard Adams *Signed & with Original Watercolour*
Published by Rex Collings, London; 1972. 8vo. Fine/Fine **Signed by author and has original signed watercolour by illustrator John Lawrence. **
This beautiful first edition, first impression of the popular children’s book by Richard Adams is in Fine condition. It is one of a kind, signed by the author to the title page; containing an original watercolour illustration by John Lawrence to the ffep; and a dedication to ‘Eric’ by the publisher. The book also comes complete with correspondence from Richard Adams and John Lawrence regarding their signing of the book, so we are fully confident of the legitimacy of these.
Bound in it’s original brown boards with gold gilt detailing, the boards are in excellent clean condition with just some very slight bumping and a slight knock to the top of the rear board, otherwise they are almost immaculate.
Inside, the pages are clean and bright and blemish free. The binding is so tight, the book appears barely read and shows just the smallest hint of toning from age. In all, the book is in near perfect condition.
The dust jacket is also in Fine condition and beautifully illustrated. There is just the slightest touch of rubbing and a couple of faint marks where labels or stickers appear to have been removed in the past. These, however, are barely visible and the jacket is in very clean, smart condition.
In all, this is a very rare, unique example of this first edition, set aside from other available copies by not only the author’s signature, but also the watercolour signed by John Lawrence. This would be an exceptional addition to any rare book collection.