Hard Cover. London: William Heinemann, 1952. Near Fine.
Reprint. Two books bound into one volume. Illustrated by Ernest Shepard. Finely bound in full bright green morocco, ruled in black to boards and in gilt to spine, all edges gilt, gray endpapers. A near fine copy, sunning to spine, else very clean in a charmingly bright binding. The Golden Age and its sequel, Dream Days, are collections of short stories inspired by childhood memories and often referencing stories from Greek mythology. Many of the stories were first published in literary magazines and journals including the National Observer and the New Review, and later went on to be published in several illustrated editions, although the first printings were unillustrated. Notably, Dream Days marks the first printing of Grahame's short story "The Reluctant Dragon," which, in 1941, formed the basis for a Disney feature film of the same name and several other adaptations for stage and television. More well known as a stand-alone story than a chapter within a larger volume, "The Reluctant Dragon" was highly praised by critics, and is regarded as one of the first appearances of the now-popular personification of dragons as sympathetic characters in children's literature.