First Trade Edition of "Winnie-the-Pooh"
MILNE, A.A. Winnie-the-Pooh. With Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen & Co. , [1926].
First trade edition. Small octavo (7 3/8 x 4 15/16 inches; 187 x 125 mm). [xvi], 158 , [2] pp. With illustrations in the text.

Original green cloth with front cover pictorially stamped and ruled in gilt, and with spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Front board with a gilt vignette of Christopher Robin and Pooh. Top edge gilt. With decorative endpapers showing a map of the "100 Aker Wood." Boards with some bumps along edges. Some minor shelf-wear to head and tail of spine and corners. A very slight amount of toning to the endpapers. Previous owner's contemporary inscription dated "1926" on front flyleaf. Some spots of of finger soiling and staining along fore-edge margin. Pervious owner's occasional ink and red crayon markings to a few illustrations and back endpaper. Still a very good copy.

"[A.A. Milne was an] English dramatist, novelist, and humorous journalist. Milne is best remembered for his children's books. First written for his son, Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, have a toy bear, Pooh as their hero." (Benét's Reader's Encyclopedia 685).

"if you happen to have read another book about Christopher Robin, you may remember that he once had a swan (or the swan had Christopher Robin, I don't know which) and that he used to call this swan Pooh. That was a long time ago, and when we said good-bye, we took the name with us, as we didn't think the swan would want it anymore. Well, when Edward Bear said that he would like an exciting name all to himself, Christopher Robin said at once, without stopping to think, that he was Winnie-the-Pooh. And he was." (Front the introduction).

HBS # 68706 $1,000

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