[The Pooh books:]
When We Were Very Young; Winnie-the-Pooh; Now We Are Six; The House at Pooh Corner.London: Methuen & Co., 1924-8 Stock Code: 133547
Leather-bound set of Milne's novels in first editionsFirst editions, first impressions. When We Were Young is a first first state, with the contents page ix unnumbered and also has a presentation stamp to the title page. The little bear described by Christopher Milne in his autobiography as his "inseparable companion" has also become the inseparable companion of generations of children, often remaining the object of that faith late into adulthood. First appearing in 1924, along with his troop of animal friends, in When We Were Very Young, Winnie-the-Pooh was immortalised in Milne's two volumes of poetry and two story books. The illustrations by E. H. Shepard are probably as much loved as Milne's words - the combination of their talents making the books' appeal remarkably enduring.
4 volumes, octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in full morocco, in their respective published colours, spines gilt, raised bands, rule to boards gilt, multiple decorative blocks to boards gilt, twin rule to turn-ins, pictorial endpapers, all edges gilt. Housed in a blue leather-entry slipcase.
Illustrated by E. H. Shepard.
The occasional minor blemish and slight browning to half-title of Now We Are Six. An excellent set in fine bindings.
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