Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England: Penguin Books & Kestrel Books, 1979. 550 pp. 6 1/4 x 9 1/2"; 4th impression of 1st illustrated edition; Slipcase with wraparound illustration in near fine condition; Illustrated dust jacket in near fine condition with very little wear, price clipped; Brown cloth 1/4 bound over cream boards with crisp lettering and design on spine, illustrated throughout with both color and black and white illustrations, folding color map tipped in at rear in pristine condition, no appreciable wear or rubbing, a beautiful copy in near fine condition.
Richard George Adams (1920 - ) was born in Newbury, Berkshire, England and is best known for authoring Watership Down, The Plague Dogs, and Shardik. Watership Down came about as a result of stories Adams told his two daughters when they were young. Originally, it was turned down by four publishers before being picked up by Rex Collings, whereupon it became an immediate international success. Watership Down is about a small group of anthropomorphized rabbits who have their own language, culture and mythology. After their warren is destroyed, they adventure out into the world seeking a new home and encounter many difficulties along the way. Watership Down won the prestigious Carnegie Medal and Guardian Prize, among other book awards.