Watership Down - Richard Adams 1972 - Rex Collings, London - First Edition A beautiful copy of this classic heroic fantasy and political novel about a small group of rabbits who are anthropomorphised, possessing their own culture, language (Lapine), 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.

The novel takes its name from the rabbits' destination, Watership Down, a hill in the north of Hampshire, England, near the area where Adams grew up, and is based on a collection of tales that Adams told to his young children to pass the time on trips to the countryside.

Though it was initially rejected by thirteen publishers before eventually being accepted by Rex Collings,
Watership Down has never been out of print, and was the recipient of several prestigious awards. Adapted into an acclaimed film and a television series, it is Penguin Books' best-selling novel of all time.

‘As much about freedom, ethics and human nature as it is about a bunch of bunnies looking for a warm hidey-hole and some mates.’ – Paul Hughes.
  ‘Quite marvelous... A powerful new vision of the great chain of being.’ – The New York Times Book Review.

Adams originally began telling the story of Watership Down to his two daughters, and they insisted he publish it as a book. When Watership Down was finally published, it sold over a million copies in record time in both the United Kingdom and the United States. It has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 1972.

‘A proper grown-up novel for children.’ –
The Times.

References:
pp. viii 413 [3]. In original publisher’s dust jacket showing a price of
£3.50 net to the front flap, and with minor wear to the corners that has been professionally restored.
  Condition: Near fine, a spot or two to the top edge, and extremely minor wear to edges, in near fine unclipped jacket with minor wear to corners that has been professionally restored.   Ref: 106635   Price: HK$ 15,000