(1859 - 1932)
Kenneth Grahame (March 8, 1859 – July 6, 1932) was a Scottish writer, most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), one of the classics of children’s literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon, a chapter in his memoir of childhood, Dream Days. He served as secretary of the Bank of England.
A collection of stories and poems about adventure for older children.
Stephen W. Meader
Copious notes and illustrations combine to give a new look to an old favorite.
Bertie’s Escapade (1949)
Bertie the pig and his friends have a delightful Christmas eve.
This collection includes an introduction by Kenneth Grahame. The British first edition was in two volumes, although usually they were bound as one. It was not illustrated.
Volume 1: Read online at archive.org
Volume 2: Read online at archive.org
Two Volumes in one: Read online at Hathitrust
This more fully illustrated edition was first published in Britain in 1932 and includes many new poems.
The Children’s Hour Volume 2 (1953)
An anthology of fairy tales, old and new. The illustrations by Robert Lawson had previously appeared in Just for Fun.
Dorothy P. Lathrop
Marie A. Lawson
Henry C. Pitz
Ernest H. Shepard
Dream Days (1898)
This is the second volume of Kenneth Grahame’s reminiscences of childhood and includes his story The Reluctant Dragon. There were at least three variant bindings of the British first edition. The American first edition was slightly smaller format, although both were printed in America. Read online at archive.org.
Dream Days (1902)
This is the second volume of Kenneth Grahame’s reminiscences of childhood. It includes the well known story of The Reluctant Dragon. The illustrations by Maxfield Parrish were in color and so printed in the periodical printing in The Illustrated London News in the 1910’s. John Lane, the book publisher was not satisfied with the original color plates for the book edition and instead published them in black and white by photogravure. There are variant bindings and even a version with only six plates. Read online at archive.org.
Dream Days (1922)
Kenneth Grahame’s second volume of reminiscences of childhood include his story The Reluctant Dragon. This is the second illustrated edition and was published only in Britain. Read online at archive.org.
Dream Days (1931)
Kenneth Grahame’s second volume of memoirs of childhood includes his story
The Reluctant Dragon.
Dream Days (1954)
Kenneth Grahame’s second volume of memories of childhood includes his story
The Reluctant Dragon. The illustrations are new, not reprints of the 1930 edition and were never used in any British edition.
This book reprints the original letters written to his son by Kenneth Grahame that later became The Wind in the Willows.It also includes a new story Bertie’s Escapade.
Fun ’o the Fair (1929)
This booklet about the showman Lord George Sanger was adapted from an essay which introduced Seventy Years a Showman by the said Lord George.
The Golden Age (1895)
A collection of stories about the author’s childhood. The American first edition is smaller format and includes 241 pages. Read online at archive.org.
The Golden Age (1899)
This is a collection of stories and reminiscences of Kenneth Grahame’s childhood. This is the first edition with illustrations by Maxfield Parrish. The plates were reproduced in half-tone as the publisher was not happy with the color reproductions. Some of the colored versions were subsequently published in The Illustrated London News from 1910-13. There were several binding variants. This is from one of the illustrations in Dream Days, uniform with that volume. Read online at archive.org.
The Golden Age (1899)
This is a collection of stories and reminiscences of Kenneth Grahame’s childhood. This is the first edition with illustrations by Maxfield Parrish. The plates were reproduced in half-tone as the publisher was not happy with the color reproductions. Some of the colored versions were subsequently published in The Illustrated London News from 1910-13.
The Golden Age (1904)
For this edition, the original plates were rephotographed and reproduced by photogravure, a much better process than halftone. Again there were numerous binding variants, similar to the first Parrish illustrated edition. Read for free online at HathiTrust.
The Golden Age (1915)
Kenneth Grahame’s first collection of reminiscences of his childhood. This is the second set of illustrations. Read online at Hathitrust.
The Golden Age (1921)
Memories of growing up orphaned by Kenneth Grahame. This was the first book Lois Lenski illustrated. It was not republished in America.
The Golden Age (1928)
This is the fourth set of illustrations for Kenneth Grahame’s memories of growing up. Ernest H. Shepard did another set in 1954. The American edition was published in 1929 with changes to the dust jacket and end papers. Read online at archive.org.