"…A LITTLE BOY AND HIS BEAR WILL ALWAYS BE PLAYING": FIRST EDITION OF THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER
MILNE, A.A. The House at Pooh Corner. London: Methuen, (1928). Small octavo, original gilt-stamped pictorial pink cloth, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, original dust jacket. $4000.
First edition of Milne's final Winnie-the-Pooh book, delightfully illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. A beautiful copy.
"Even as Milne celebrates childhood" in this, the final book of his Pooh quartet, "he subtly prepares both characters and readers for the inevitable need to forge ahead" (Silvey, 462). The stories in this volume—the de- and reconstruction of Eeyore's house, Tigger's arrival in the Forest, Christopher Robin's attempted farewell in an Enchanted Place—bring to a close tales that are "more successful as works written for children than anything else produced during children's literature's Golden Age" (Carpenter, 205). Payne IVA. Cutler & Stiles, 116.
Book fine, dust jacket about-fine with faint stain to dust jacket. A beautiful copy.