London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1926. Item #03228
The First Appearance of Winnie-The-Pooh
MILNE, A[lan] A[lexander]. Winnie-the-Pooh. With Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen & Co., .
First edition. Small octavo (7 7/16 x 4 7/8 inches; 189 x 121 mm.). xi, , 158, , [1, printer’s imprint] pp. Text illustrations.
Original dark green cloth pictorially stamped in gilt within single gilt rule on front cover and ruled and lettered in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt. Original pale yellow pictorial endpapers. Very slight browning from dust-jacket to endpapers. A near fine copy. In the original first issue golden yellow pictorial dust jacket printed in dark blue, minimal darkening to spine, otherwise fine.
The first issue dust jacket has "117th Thousand" Of When We Were Very Young on the rear flap.
A fine first edition of Milne's classic, featuring for the first time, Eeyore, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl and of course Pooh and Christopher Robin. This little volume includes some of Milne's best known tales such as "Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a Woozle", "Piglet meets a Heffalump", "Eeyore has a birthday and gets two presents" and "Kanga and Baby Roo come to the forest, and Piglet has a bath". This is the second, and most well-known of the four 'Pooh' books and was published two years after the very successful When We Were Very Young.
Winnie-the-Pooh, also called Pooh Bear, is a fictional anthropomorphic teddy bear created by A. A. Milne. The first collection of stories about the character was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Milne also included a poem about the bear in the children's verse book When We Were Very Young (1924) and many more in Now We Are Six (1927). All four volumes were illustrated by E. H. Shepard.
“Milne, an assistant editor of Punch and a writer of novels, plays, and essays, achieved his lasting fame in writing for children. Creating scenes of solemn whimsy whose gentle humor appeals to young and old alike, Milne realized his nostalgia for the Arcadia of childhood through the imagined sayings and doings of his son’s nursery toys. The enduring charm of Milne’s stories comes from the childlike simplicity of events, characters, and conversations; by contrast, the only human character, the child Christopher Robin, is endowed with godlike stature and understanding. An indispensable part of the appeal are the illustrations by Ernest A. Shepard, whose understated wit successfully captures the spirit of this and other Christopher Robin books” (Elizabeth Diefendorf, The New York Public Library’s Books of the Century, p. 196).
Grolier 100 Children's Literature #71.