When We Were Very Young.London: Methuen & Co., 1924 Stock Code: 138208
NotesFirst edition, first impression, second state, with the page number ix present in the preliminaries (in copies of the first state the contents page ix is unnumbered). Milne composed most of When We Were Very Young as entertainment during a dreary holiday in Wales. Many of the poems first ran as weekly instalments in Punch, charmingly illustrated by fellow contributor Shepard. When the collection was published in the present book the first printing sold out almost immediately, and by the end of the year more than 53,000 copies had been printed.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, gilt vignettes to the boards, gilt fillet frame to front board, top edge gilt. With the dust jacket. Housed in a dark blue quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.
Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard.
Bookseller's ticket of Dutton's to rear pastedown. Corners rubbed, the binding otherwise fresh and bright, faint toning to endpapers as often, internally clean. A near-fine copy in the very good jacket, a couple of small edge-splits to corners, lightly dust-soiled, otherwise unmarked.
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