MILNE’S “POOH QUARTET,” FIRST AMERICAN EDITIONS SPLENDIDLY BOUND, SIGNED BY MILNE IN THE FIRST VOLUME
MILNE, A. A. When We Were Very Young. WITH: Winnie-the-Pooh. WITH: Now We Are Six. WITH: The House at Pooh Corner. With Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. New York: E.P. Dutton, (1924-28). Four volumes. 2mo, modern full blue morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spines and covers, raised bands, gilt dentelles, watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in a custom slipcase. $19,500.
First American editions of Milne’s beloved “Pooh quartet”—including the signed limited first American edition of When We Were Very Young, number 24 of 100 copies signed by Milne—elegantly bound in full morocco-gilt. A beautiful set.
"One would have to search far and wide to find fictional characters as beloved to so many readers… Although Alan Alexander Milne wrote novels, short stories, poetry and many plays for adults… it is his writings for children that have captured the hearts of millions of people worldwide and granted Milne everlasting fame" (Silvey, 461). Each title published in the same year as its first, London edition.
Only light fading to edges of silk free endpapers, interiors fine, bindings fine with gilt bright. A splendid set in fine condition.