Signed limited first American edition, one of only 100 large paper copies signed by Milne (out of a total edition of 500), of the first book in the Winnie-The-Pooh series.
"It takes genius to identify itself with a child's blithe inconsequence... Lewis Carroll had the gift. Stevenson had it... Kipling when he wrote the JUST SO STORIES. There are unmistakable signs of it in Mr. A.A. Milne." – contemporary review in the NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE
When Milne – a successful playwright, novelist, and PUNCH columnist – decided to turn his hand to children's verse, his American publisher recalled the anxiety it occasioned: "We are all aware that probably the most hopeless kind of manuscript a publisher expects to receive from his favourite author is that of poetry for children" (quoted in Thwaite). Milne's goal with the collection was to write "Like Stevenson, only better" (referring to the classic CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES). Published only two weeks after the UK first, this first Pooh book would quickly become a phenomenon: since "Christopher Robin goes hoppity, hoppity, hop," one mother from New York recorded, "We all had to hop. We kept it up until I was overcome by exhaustion" (quoted in Thwaite). One of the 100 signed copies, especially retaining its dust jacket, is exceptionally desirable.
Read more: Thwaite, Goodbye Christopher Robin: A.A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-The-Pooh.
New York: Dutton, (1924). Original quarter cloth, color pictorial boards. In original pictorial dust jacket. Illustrated by E.H. Shepard with color cover and pictorial endpapers ((neither of which appear in the U.K. edition) and black & whites throughout the text. Some rubbing to bottom edge and tips of cloth. Scarce jacket with wear, significant chipping, and repairs.
Near fine in good jacket.
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