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MILNE, A. A.; SHEPARD, E. H. (illus.)

The House at Pooh Corner. [With an original pen and ink drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh.]

With Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard.

London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1929 Stock Code: 138703
£17,500.00
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Winnie-the-Pooh dons traditional Russian costume

Third edition. With an original pen and ink drawing on the title page by Shepard of Winnie-the-Pooh in full traditional Russian costume including a fur hat and playing a balalaika, signed beneath the image. Rare thus.

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 a novel" (Thwaite p. 328). Christopher Robin was growing up, soon to leave for boarding school, and The House at Pooh Corner would be a farewell. But first there was an introduction to be made. Milne had bought his son a stuffed tiger, "Tigger", and told Shepard that he was longing to see the illustrations for this new character, who would become one of the author's most popular creations. Published on 11 October 1928, The House at Pooh Corner was received by critics with a delight tinged by sadness. "The Times Literary Supplement congratulated Milne on avoiding 'the temptation to repeat his successful formula mechanically', though it was 'sad to see the stories end'" (Thwaite p. 336).

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Description

Octavo. Original pink cloth, titles to spine and pictorial design to front cover gilt, top edge gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.

Illustrations

Illustrated throughout by E. H. Shepard.

Condition

Spine bumped, partial tanning to half title and colophon, dust jacket nicked and chipped to corners.

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