"AND PLEASE DON’T SAY IF I SHOULD SING FLAT,/ WAS THAT A BICYCLE, OR NEXT DOOR'S CAT?"
MILNE, A.A. (words). FRASER-SIMSON, H. (music). SHEPARD, E.H. (illustrations). Songs from "Now We Are Six." London, 1927. First trade edition of this collection of songs based on Milne's beloved poetry for children, with music by H. Fraser-Simson and illustrations by E.H. Shepard. An exceptional presentation copy with a long personal and playful inscription by Milne: "For Peter with care from A.A. Milne Christmas, 1927./ I'm singing./ Stand back all of you, and please hold tight,/ I'm going through these if I take all night./ And please don't say if I should sing flat,/ 'Was that a bicycle, or next door's cat?/ 'No, I think it's Peter singing./ 'Yes, it must be Peter singing./ 'That's what he's doing./ 'Singing." $18,500.