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Watership Down. by  Richard [Madeleine L'Engle] Adams - Signed First Edition - 1972 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 99338)

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Watership Down.

by Adams, Richard [Madeleine L'Engle]

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About This Item

London: Rex Collings, 1972. First edition of Richard Adams' timeless classic novel. Octavo, original brown cloth, folding map. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the title page to fellow bestselling children's author Madeleine L'Engle, "Yours sincerely, For Madeleine, on a very special occasion Richard Adams." From the library of Madeleine L'Engle. Both Adams and L'Engle were unknown in the publishing world until their singular best-selling award-winning children's novels were finally published after numerous rejections. Both authors' works were also published in their mid-lives after they had married and had children. At the insistence of his daughters, Adams began writing the story he had told them on a car trip in 1966 at the age of 46 and after four publishers and three writers' agencies turned down the manuscript, Rex Collings agreed to publish the work in 1972. The book gained immediate international acclaim and went on to win the Carnegie Medal, Guardian Prize, and was adapted into several feature films and television series. L'Engle's best-selling work A Wrinkle in Time was also initially rejected by at least 26 publishers. It was not until a close personal friend of L'Engle's mother introduced her to John C. Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux that the work was finally published in 1962. L'Engle was 44 years old at the time of publication and A Wrinkle in Time went on to win the Newbery Medal, the Sequoyah Book Award, the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and inspired two film adaptations, both by Disney: a 2003 television film directed by John Kent Harrison; and a 2018 theatrical film directed by Ava DuVernay. Near fine in a near fine price-clipped dust jacket with light shelf wear. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.   Although Watership Down was rejected by 13 publishers before Collings accepted it, it has never been out of print, and is Penguin Books' best-selling novel of all time. It won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Prize. The title refers to a hill in the north of Hampshire, England, near the area where Adams grew up. The story has its roots in the tales that Richard Adams made up for his young daughters during long car journeys. As he explained in 2007 in an interview with the BBC, he "began telling the story of the rabbits . . . improvised off the top of my head, as we were driving along." He based the struggles of the animals on the struggles he and his friends encountered during the Battle of Oosterbeek in 1944. The daughters insisted he write it down—"they were very, very persistent." After some delay he began writing in the evenings and completed it 18 months later.

Synopsis

Watership Down is a heroic fantasy novel about a small group of rabbits, written by British author Richard Adams. Although the animals in the story live in their natural environment, they are anthropomorphised, possessing their own culture, language, proverbs, poetry, and mythology. Evoking epic themes, the novel recounts the rabbits' odyssey as they escape the destruction of their warren to seek a place in which to establish a new home, encountering perils and temptations along the way.

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On Dec 27 2016, a reader said:
After hearing of Richard Adams' death, I turned once again to a book I have long considered to be a best friend. This adventure story pulls you into a world unseen by humans. The characters are human enough to relate to but animal enough to remain rabbits. The story is captivating and relevant. No matter how many times I read it, I can never put it down while reading the last quarter, it's so suspenseful and exciting.

The characters have been beloved of me for many years and I only hope that I have Fiver's insight, Hazel's authority, Bigwig's strength, and Blackberry's wits.

Details

Bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
99338
Title
Watership Down.
Author
Adams, Richard [Madeleine L'Engle]
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Rex Collings
Place of Publication
London
Date published
1972
Keywords
Richard Adams, Signed Richard Adams, Watership Down, Watership Down First Edition, Watership Down First Edition Signed Rare Book
Bookseller catalogs
Children's Books;

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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title page
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inscribed
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First Edition
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Cloth
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octavo
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shelf wear
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fine
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morocco
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...[more]
Association copy
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clamshell box
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jacket
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