Now We Are Six.
Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard.London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1927 Stock Code: 127828
With the glassine, and original boxFirst 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; this copy also includes the publisher's advertisement slip.
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. 293). By the time that Winnie-the-Pooh was published in late 1926 half the poems for this third book were already complete. Published on 13 October 1927, it took only two months for Now We Are Six to eclipse the sales records of the previous two books. Full of Milne's charming verse, this collection is also notable for including many illustrations of Pooh, Piglet, and the other nursery toys, even when uncalled for by the poems.
Octavo. Publisher's deluxe red sheep, spine lettered in gilt, gilt vignette to front cover within ruled border, pink pictorial endpapers, gilt edges. Housed in the original publisher's cardboard box. With the glassine dust jacket.
Illustrated throughout by E. H. Shepard.
Box a little toned with the label foxed, glassine dust jacket chipped. A near-fine copy.
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