Birthday Party and other stories.New York, E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc., 1948 Stock Code: 120415
NotesFirst 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 to his family and friends ever since" (Milne, It's Too Late Now). Christopher eventually outgrew the nickname "Billy", though his father continued to call him "Moon"; Milne was nicknamed "Blue" on account of his eyes, "the bluest eyes I have ever seen" recalled Nancy Spain. Milne's collection of short stories, published in the UK the following year, were not as well-received as the Pooh books had been, as Christopher later noted, "If I wanted to escape from Christopher Robin, so too did he... His luck was deserting him. People didn't want books of short stories... we each had our sorrows, our moments of disillusion. We were both of us unwanted". This copy is inscribed at a time when Christopher was increasingly drifting away from his father. He later noted that he had been very close to his father "for rather longer than is usual, and so the drifting when it came was perhaps a little further than is usual" (The Path Through the Trees, Epilogue).
Octavo. Original tan cloth-backed red boards, titles to spine in grey, wavy decoration to front cover blind.
Spine darkened, spine partially lifting from text block, tips lightly bumped. A very good copy.
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