FINE LARGE-PAPER LIMITED EDITION OF WINNIE-THE-POOH, ONE OF ONLY 200 COPIES SIGNED BY BOTH MILNE AND SHEPARD, A BEAUTIFUL COPY
MILNE, A.A. Winnie-the-Pooh. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1926. Quarto, original half blue cloth, pictorial pink paper boards, paper spine label, original dust jacket. $16,500.
Signed limited first American edition, number 30 of 200 large-paper copies signed by Milne and illustrator Ernest H. Shepard. A gorgeous showpiece for any collection of classic children's literature.
The most famous bear in children's literature "first appeared in a poem [found in When We Were Very Young (1924)]… but the character was only fully developed in Winnie-the-Pooh, which documented the adventures of the 'bear of little brain'" (Grolier Club, 100 Books Famous in Children's Literature 71). The book almost immediately achieved classic status in both Britain and America, thanks not only to Milne's droll storytelling but also Ernest H. Shepard's charming illustrations: "modeled after [Christopher Robin Milne's] actual toys, [they] show character and movement in simple line vignettes, [and] add so much… that most people consider them to be inseparable" from the text (Silvey, 462). Without scarce original glassine and publisher's gift box. Cutler & Stiles, 116. See Payne II.
A beautiful copy in fine condition.