London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1924-28. Item #04586
A Fine First Edition Set of the Pooh Books
Bound ca. 1960 by Bayntun of Bath
MILNE, A.A. SHEPARD, Ernest H. illustrator. [A Complete Set of the Pooh Books]. Winnie the Pooh. Now We Are Six. When We Were Very Young. The House at Pooh Corner. With Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen & Co., Ltd, 1924-28.
First editions of all four 'Pooh' Books.
Four small octavo volumes (7 1/8 x 4 5/8 inches; 181 x 117 mm.). x, , 99, ; [iii]-x, , 158, , [1, printer’s imprint]; x, , 103, [1, printer’s imprint]; xi, [1, blank], 178, , [1, printer’s imprint] pp. Each volume with numerous
text illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard.
Handsomely bound ca. 1990 by Bayntun-Rivière of Bath(stamp-signed in gilt on front turn-ins. Full blue, green, red and tan crushed levant morocco, each cover with an original Shepard design stamped in gilt on front board. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt decorated board edges, gilt ruled turn-ins, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. Original cloth covers and spines bound in at end of each volume. A fine set housed in a blue cloth slipcase.
Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956) was a British author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of the Pooh books overshadowed all his previous work. He is most famous for his two Pooh books about a boy named Christopher Robin after his son, Christopher Robin Milne, and various characters inspired by his son's stuffed animals, most notably the bear named Winnie-the-Pooh. Christopher Robin Milne's stuffed bear, originally named "Edward," was renamed "Winnie" after a Canadian black bear named Winnie (after Winnipeg), which was used as a military mascot in World War I, and left to London Zoo during the war. "The pooh" comes from a swan the young Milne named "Pooh." E. H. Shepard illustrated the original Pooh books, using his own son's teddy, Growler ("a magnificent bear"), as the model.
Ernest Howard Shepard OBE, MC (1879-1976) was an English artist and book illustrator. He is known especially for illustrations of the anthropomorphic soft toy and animal characters in The Wind in the Willows and Winnie-the-Pooh.