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MILNE, A. A.

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. [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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  2. 120603comp
    Fourth edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the illustrator on the half-title, "Aunt Fanny, with love from Ernest, Christmas 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
    £975

    Stock Code: 120603

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  3. 130169
    A handsomely bound set in the deluxe publisher's binding, comprising the twentieth, ninth, fifth, and third editions respectively. Learn More
    £1,800

    Stock Code: 130169

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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.
    With 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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  7. 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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  8. 134059
    First edition, first impression. Winnie-the-Pooh was an immediate success and garnered even more enthusiastic reviews than its predecessor, with one critic writing that "When the real Christopher Robin is a little old man, children will find him waiting for them. It is the child's book of the season that seems certain to... Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 134059

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  9. 133611
    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
    £2,950

    Stock Code: 133611

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  10. 126175
    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

    Stock Code: 126175

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  11. 127828
    First edition, first impression, deluxe issue. Now We Are Six was printed in an edition of 50,000 copies, of which 5,000 were bound in leather by the Ship Binding Company: 1,500 in blue, 1,500 in green, and 2,000 in the present red. The issue is rarely found with the glassine dust jacket and the publisher's box preserved;... Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 127828

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  12. 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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  13. 108078
    First edition, first impression. With the original endpapers bound in. 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... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 108078

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  14. 62349comp
    Signed extra-limited edition, number 18 of 20 copies signed by the author and illustrator and printed on Japanese vellumthe most luxurious and exclusive issue of the various formats done for the first editions of Milne's Pooh books. Learn More
    £6,750

    Stock Code: 62349

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  15. 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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  16. 124602
    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
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 124602

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  17. 133609
    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
    £1,875

    Stock Code: 133609

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  18. Milne 1
    First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "For Peter Hammen now he is 21, 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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  19. 131997
    First edition, first impression, of this collection of verse and stories featuring Christopher Robin. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 131997

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  20. 132105
    Milne writes to thank Mrs Taylor for the gift of some asparagus and the comic verse she had sent him: "... I had to eat it first to make sure that it was the genuine thing... I'm wondering now whether I oughtn't to have sent my boy to your school. Would he have had asparagus and a hot bath on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday?... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 132105

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  21. 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
    £2,000

    Stock Code: 74406

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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. .
    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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  25. 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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  26. 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. Now We Are Six was first published on 13 October... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 119471

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  27. 1
    Catalogue to accompany the exhibition and sale of the most comprehensive collection of Winnie-the-Pooh books and artwork ever assembled. Including more than one hundred items gathered together over twenty years by American football legend Pat McInally, the catalogue describes and illustrates fine examples of all the Pooh... Learn More
    £10

    Stock Code: 39598

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