“HERE IS EDWARD BEAR, COMING DOWNSTAIRS NOW, BUMP, BUMP, BUMP…”: LIMITED LARGE-PAPER FIRST EDITION OF WINNIE-THE-POOH, 1926, SIGNED BY BOTH MILNE AND SHEPARD
MILNE, A.A. Winnie-the-Pooh. London: Methuen, (1926). Quarto, original half blue cloth, paper cover label, uncut and unopened, original dust jacket, uncut and unopened. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
Signed limited first edition, number 240 of only 350 copies on hand-made paper, signed by Milne and illustrator Ernest H. Shepard, in original dust jacket. A lovely copy.
“A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh has been considered a classic of children’s literature almost since its publication” (Cooper & Cooper, 95). In 1925, Milne acquired “a Sussex farmhouse for use as a weekend and holiday alternative to the family’s London home… [that would] provide the setting for the stories he now started to write about [his son] Christopher’s toys… Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner [its companion volume, published 1928] are, on their own terms, more successful as works written for children than anything else produced during children’s literature’s Golden Age” (Carpenter, 201, 205). “Ernest H. Shepard’s illustrations, modeled after the actual toys, show character and movement in simple line vignettes, which add so much to the books that most people consider them to be inseparable from the texts” (Silvey, 462). With folding map of the Hundred Acre Wood at rear. Published simultaneously with the first trade edition and in the same year as the New York signed limited edition of 200 copies. Without scarce original box. Payne IIB. Culter & Stiles, 116. Early bookseller ticket.
Book fine, with only tiny spot to folding map. Dust jacket near-fine, with only slightest rubbing and soiling and a bit of toning. A lovely copy.