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A.A. Milne

Rare books by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard, including first editions, signed first editions, illustrations and finely bound sets of the Winnie-the-Pooh books.

A. A. Milne (1882–1956) & Ernest H. Shepard (1879–1976) were the author and illustrator of theWinnie-the-Poohbooks.

Before Pooh, Alan Alexander Milne had a thriving career as a humorist and playwright. In 1904, shortly after graduating from Cambridge, he published his first piece in Punch, and by 1906 was an assistant editor. His plays and novels, including the popular detective story The Red House Mystery, were enormously successful.

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  1. 120423comp
    Third edition (a year after the first), inscribed by the author to his future wife, Dorothy de Sélincourt, on the occasion of their engagement, on the front free endpaper, "To my Dorothy with the author's heart. January 23rd, 1913". With Dorothy's illustrated bookplate to the front pastedown. The two first met in January... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 120423

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  2. 120421comp
    First edition, first impression. The dedication copy, inscribed by the author to his wife, Dorothy Milne (née de Sélincourt), on the front free endpaper, "My darling's private copy of her own book. A.A.M. October 1914". With Dorothy's illustrated bookplate to the front pastedown. This was the first of many of his books... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 120421

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  3. The Red House Mystery.
    First edition, first impression of the author's only mystery novel. Rare in the jacket. Advance review copy with the publisher's slip loosely inserted. The Red House Mystery was immediately popular; Alexander Woollcott called it "one of the three best mystery stories of all time". Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 112974

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  4. When We Were Very Young.
    First edition, first impression. The first and the scarcest of the four Pooh books with an initial print run of 5,175 regular trade copies. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son Christopher being taught to pray by his nanny inspired him to compose the verse... Learn More

    Regular Price: £1,500

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    Stock Code: 82293

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    Signed limited editions, large paper issue, signed by both the author and artist. As the limitations vary, this is one of just 100 possible complete sets: When We Were Very Young is no. 3 of 100 copies; Winnie-the-Pooh, no. 124 of 350 copies; Now We Are Six, no. 69 of 200 copies; and The House at Pooh Corner, no. 142... Learn More

    £45,000

    Stock Code: 114644

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  6. [The Pooh books:]
    First editions, first impressions, of the four Pooh books; When We Were Very Young in the second state, with the page number ix present in the preliminaries. Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 96371

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  7. When We Were Very Young.
    Signed limited edition, number 49 of 100 large-paper copies for sale signed by the author and illustrator on the limitation leaf. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son Christopher being taught to pray by his nanny inspired him to compose the verse "Vespers",... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 105546

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  8. When We Were Very Young.
    First trade edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author to Elliott Beach Macrae, who would become his publisher in the US in 1944 as head of E. P. Dutton. The inscription, written as a poem on the front free endpaper, reads: "Though Beach Macrae / Be bald or grey / Or Elliot Beach / Be a little of each / Whatever... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 102616

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  9. When We Were Very Young.
    Second edition, signed by both Milne and Shepard on the title page. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son Christopher being taught to pray by his nanny inspired him to compose the verse "Vespers", a gently ironic take on the innocence of childhood intended for... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 102832

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  10. 122553
    First edition, first impression. Milne composed most of When We Were Very Young as entertainment during a dreary holiday in Wales. Many of the poems first ran as weekly instalments in Punch, charmingly illustrated by fellow contributor Shepard. When the collection was published in the present book the first printing sold... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 122553

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  11. 123517
    First edition, first impression. Milne composed most of When We Were Very Young as entertainment during a dreary holiday in Wales. Many of the poems first ran as weekly instalments in Punch, charmingly illustrated by fellow contributor Shepard. When the collection was published in the present book the first printing sold... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 123517

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  12. [The Pooh books:]
    House at Pooh Corner is a first edition and all others are early editions. Presented in a single beautifully bound volume, charmingly decorated with gilt copies of the Shepard illustrations. Learn More

    Regular Price: £1,750

    Special Price £1,313

    Stock Code: 27819

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  13. When We Were Very Young.
    Tenth impression, second deluxe edition. When We Were Very Young was first published on 6 November 1924. Copies of the seventh and tenth impressions were later issued in deluxe bindings. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son Christopher being taught to pray... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 96008

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  14. When We Were Very Young.
    First deluxe issue (seventh edition overall). The first of the books to be bound in deluxe leather by Methuen, this is an extremely rare edition. No deluxe edition was planned when the book was originally published; it was only later, when Winnie-the-Pooh appeared, that Methuen decided to publish deluxe editions of all the... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 98027

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  15. When We Were Very Young.
    Tenth impression, second deluxe edition. When We Were Very Young was first published on 6 November 1924. Copies of the seventh and tenth impressions were later issued in deluxe bindings, this copy being a tenth impression. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 90336

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  16. 120874
    Tenth impression, second deluxe edition. When We Were Very Young was first published on 6 November 1924. Copies of the seventh and tenth impressions were later issued in deluxe bindings, this copy being a tenth impression. brWith two newspaper clippings laid-in from The Observer Review 22 September 1974 interviewing Christopher... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 120874

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  17. 112308
    Tenth impression, second deluxe edition. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son Christopher being taught to pray by his nanny inspired him to compose the verse "Vespers", a gently ironic take on the innocence of childhood intended for an adult readership, which... Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 112308

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  18. 114718
    First edition, first impression. After the huge success of When We Were Very Young, first published on 6 November 1924, Milne was asked to contribute a story to the London Evening News. "The Wrong Sort of Bees", published on Christmas Eve 1925, was based on a bedtime story that Milne had told his son Christopher. It starred... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 114718

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  19. 120680
    First edition, first impression. Following the success of Fraser-Simson's first collection of musical settings for Milne's poetry (Fourteen Songs from "When We Very Young", 1925), this volume, featuring Ernest Shepard's whimsical line illustrations, provides piano scores for ten more verses from the book, including "In the... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 120680

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  20. 123515
    First edition, first impression. After the huge success of When We Were Very Young, first published on 6 November 1924, Milne was asked to contribute a story to the London Evening News. "The Wrong Sort of Bees", published on Christmas Eve 1925, was based on a bedtime story that Milne had told his son Christopher. It starred... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 123515

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  21. Now We Are Six.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author to the half-title "Presented to recipient left blank by A. A. Milne Dec 26th 1929". Following the success of When We Were Very Young Milne began planning a second book of poetry for children. In a January 1926 letter to his brother Ken he included it as number one... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 96564

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  22. Now We Are Six.
    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue, one of 1,500 copies bound in green leather by Ship Binding Company. Following the success of When We Were Very Young Milne began planning a second book of poetry for children. In a January 1926 letter to his brother Ken he included it as number one in a list of "things which... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 105159

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  23. Now We Are Six.
    First edition, first impression. Following the success of When We Were Very Young Milne began planning a second book of poetry for children. In a January 1926 letter to his brother Ken he included it as number one in a list of "things which ought to be done": "A book of verses (about 15 done to date) to appear in 1927 or... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 93378

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  24. Now We Are Six.
    Signed extra limited edition, number 4 of 20 large-paper copies printed on Japanese vellum and signed by the author and illustrator; the most luxurious and exclusive format in which Milne's Pooh books were issued. Following the success of When We Were Very Young Milne began planning a second book of poetry for children.... Learn More
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 107129

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  25. Now We Are Six.
    First edition, first impression. One of a limited edition of 20 numbered copies on japon vellum signed by the author and illustrator on the limitation leaf. Learn More

    Regular Price: £6,750

    Special Price £5,063

    Stock Code: 62349

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  26. 118333
    A very handsomely bound set, comprising the first edition of The House at Pooh Corner and later impressions of the other titles. Learn More
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 118333

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  27. 120591
    First edition, first impression, with the ownership inscription of Marjorie Shepard, Ernest Shepard's niece, on the half-title. Following the success of When We Were Very Young Milne began planning a second book of poetry for children. In a January 1926 letter to his brother Ken he included it as number one in a list of... Learn More
    £1,000

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  28. 120675
    First edition, first impression. It was published following the success of Fraser-Simson's first collection of musical settings for Milne's poetry (Fourteen Songs from When We Very Young, 1925). This volume, again featuring Shepard's whimsical line illustrations, provides piano scores for ten songs from Now We are Six, including... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 120675

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  29. 120678
    First edition, first impression. Following the success of Fraser-Simson's first collection of musical settings for Milne's poetry (Fourteen Songs from "When We Very Young", 1925), this volume, again featuring Ernest Shepard's whimsical line illustrations, provides piano scores for 14 verses, including "The Alchemist," "The... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 120678

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  30. 123407
    First edition, first impression. Following the success of When We Were Very Young, Milne began planning a second book of poetry for children. In a January 1926 letter to his brother Ken he included it as number one in a list of "things which ought to be done": "A book of verses (about 15 done to date) to appear in 1927 or... Learn More
    £400

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  31. The House at Pooh Corner
    First edition, first impression. Milne began planning his final Pooh book in 1927. Three years of intense publicity were taking their toll on the family, and Milne longed to return full-time to adult literature, telling his brother that "after one more Pooh book I must think of something else. In fact, it's time I tried... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 93377

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  32. 120480comp
    Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his future daughter-in-law, a month after her engagement to Christopher, on the front free endpaper, "Lesley, with love from Blue. 6.v.48." Lesley de Sélincourt married Christopher Milne on 24 July 1948 at Holy Trinity, Brompton, a couple of months after this copy was inscribed.... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 120480

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  33. 122182
    First edition, first impression. Milne began planning his final Pooh book in 1927. Three years of intense publicity were taking their toll on the family, and Milne longed to return full-time to adult literature, telling his brother that "after one more Pooh book I must think of something else. In fact, it's time I tried... Learn More
    £1,000

    Stock Code: 122182

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  34. 123468
    First edition, first impression. Milne began planning his final Pooh book in 1927. Three years of intense publicity were taking their toll on the family, and Milne longed to return full-time to adult literature, telling his brother that "after one more Pooh book I must think of something else. In fact, it's time I tried... Learn More
    £1,250

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  35. 123819
    First edition, first impression. Milne began planning his final Pooh book in 1927. Three years of intense publicity were taking their toll on the family, and Milne longed to return full-time to adult literature, telling his brother that "after one more Pooh book I must think of something else. In fact, it's time I tried... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 123819

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  36. Those Were the Days.
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Peter Hammen now he is old, with love from A. A. Milne. Dec 20th, 1929". This volume is the first collected edition of four of Milne's novels, The Day's Play, The Holiday Round, Once A Week, and The Sunny Side. Scarce signed. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 85669

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  37. 120478comp
    Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his future daughter-in-law, a month after her engagement to his son, on the front free endpaper, "Lesley, with love from Blue. 6.v.48." Lesley de Sélincourt married Christopher Milne on 24 July 1948 at Holy Trinity Brompton, a couple of months after this copy was inscribed.... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 120478

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  38. 112672
    Nineteenth impression, in the publisher's extra-deluxe green morocco. This binding was produced in very small numbers following the success of the deluxe calf editions. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son Christopher being taught to pray by his nanny inspired... Learn More
    £350

    Stock Code: 112672

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  39. 74406
    Signed copy of the forty-third edition, signed by Milne on the title page. Milne had no particular ambition to write for children, but in 1922 a glimpse of his two-year-old son Christopher being taught to pray by his nanny inspired him to compose the verse "Vespers", a gently ironic take on the innocence of childhood intended... Learn More

    Regular Price: £2,000

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    Stock Code: 74406

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  40. 120428comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his son on the front free endpaper, "C.R.M., with all my love. A.A.M." Shortly after the book's publication, Milne wrote a letter to St John Ervine on 4 August 1946: "Our boy is with us, and gets demobilized next week; after which he goes back... Learn More
    £1,950

    Stock Code: 120428

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  41. 120415comp
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author to his son, "For Moon, with love from Blue". Milne explained his son's nickname in his autobiography: "One of us thought of Robin, the other of Christopher; names wasted on him who called himself Billy Moon as soon as he could talk, and has been Moon... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 120415

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  42. Now We Are Six.
    Later printing. Following the success of When We Were Very Young Milne began planning a second book of poetry for children. In a January 1926 letter to his brother Ken he included it as number one in a list of "things which ought to be done": "A book of verses (about 15 done to date) to appear in 1927 or 1928" (Thwaite p.... Learn More
    £475

    Stock Code: 106101

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  43. 120593comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator on the front free endpaper, "To Aunt Fanny, with love from Ernest, Xmas 1924". Shepard was very close to his aunts; his mother had died when he was ten, after which his aunts helped to raise him, taking him and his siblings on many trips. Shepard... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 120593

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  44. 119471comp
    Fiftieth anniversary edition, number 109 of 300 copies signed by Christopher Robin Milne. With the errata slip correcting the stated issue run from 490 to 300 laid in, signed by the chairman and managing director of Methuen Children's Books and the chairman of Richard Clay. By the time that Winnie-the-Pooh was published... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 119471

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    Appealing hand-printed poster showing Winnie-the-Pooh floating away with a blue balloon, based off Shepards illustration for p.15 in Winnie-the-Pooh (1926). Pencilled note to verso: Stephanie Keale, Fall 1986. Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 108108

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