Rare first printing, the deluxe issue in full gilt-stamped goatskin and original box, of the first book of Pooh prose stories, in which Christopher Robin's bear first becomes Winnie the Pooh.
WINNIE THE POOH
"Here is nonsense in the best tradition [...] with the high seriousness about it that children and other wise people love." – contemporary review in the NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE
In Milne's first book of children's verse, WHEN WE WERE VERY YOUNG (1924), the silly old bear appears in only a couple poems and does not yet have a name. After that book's smashing success, Milne was encouraged by his wife to write down some of the bedtime stories he made up for his son about his favorite toys. Here we get many of the best loved stories from the Hundred Acre Wood: Piglet meets a Heffalump, Eeyore has a birthday, and Pooh runs out of honey. This is an exceptionally fine copy of the scarcer deluxe issue. Timeless.
Read more: Thwaite, Goodbye Christopher Robin: A.A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-The-Pooh.
London: Methuen, (1926). Crown octavo. 7.25'' x 4.75''. Original full red goatskin ruled and ornamented in gilt, elaborately gilt-stamped spine. In original box with publisher's printed paper label. Pictorial endpapers, all edges gilt, red silk ribbon marker. Illustrated by E.H. Shepard in black and white. xvi, 158,  pages. Box with mild toning, two closed tears (joints still firm), no repairs. Text with only a faint crease at top corner of first few leaves. Book itself extremely bright: no bumping, rubbing, or repairs, with hinges tight.
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