A GALLERY OF CHILDREN, SIGNED BY MILNE
MILNE, A.A. A Gallery of Children. London: Stanley Paul, (1925). Folio (10 by 13 inches), original gilt-stamped white linen, beveled edges, top edge gilt, uncut.
Signed limited first edition of this brightly illustrated collection of children’s stories and fairy tales, number 156 of only 500 copies signed by A.A. Milne, illustrated with 12 charming color plates by H. Willebeek Le Mair.
In this whimsical and wistful collection of stories, Milne brings readers into an idealized nursery of childhood. Published a year before Winnie-the-Pooh, A Gallery of Children anticipates much of the style and many of the themes that characterize Milne's better-known stories: the power of naming and the magic of wishing; humorous, earnest conversations with stuffed rabbits and bears about such mysterious, grown-up ideas as condensed milk; the search for an enchanted place; and the spell cast by storytelling. Cotsen 7299. See Cutler & Stiles, 116.
A fine copy, with only sparse foxing to front endpaper.