New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., (1928). Shepard, Ernest H. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. First US edition, first printing, no. 46 of 250 copies, duodecimo size, 190 pp., signed by both A.A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard. Near fine. Item #CNIK02
Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956) will likely ever be remembered for having bequeathed "Winnie the Pooh" to the world. Begun with "When We Were Very Young", a book of poetry first published in 1924, its success set the stage for the Winnie-the-Pooh books, which employed his own son, "Christopher Robin", as a character.
With illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard (1879-1976), an English artist and book illustrator who created drawings for several of the Winnie-the-Pooh books; his gently playful illustrations are irrevocably connected to the Pooh books and provide a charming aesthetic to this classic collection of children's stories. As noted author Chris Loker points out in "One Hundred Books Famous in Children's Literature", "Milne was so aware of the extent to which Shepard's drawings contributed to the success of 'Winnie-the-Pooh' that he arranged for him to share in the royalties."
"The House at Pooh Corner" was the second volume of stories with Pooh as the main character, and the one which introduces "Tigger" to the world. Portions of this book have been adapted numerous times to songs and screen, and the book remains an icon of children's literature.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full salmon cloth over boards, the front with gilt ruled border, gilt vignette of Christopher Robin and Tigger in the lower right corner and gilt lettering, the spine with gilt ruled borders at the head and tail, gilt lettering, and a small gilt vignette of Pooh, all edges gilt, illustrated endpapers in green and white of the characters in silhouette dancing across the pages, frontispiece one of the full-page illustrations by Shepard, title page vignette, "First Edition" stated on the copyright page, followed by the limitation page tipped onto the dedication page with the words "on Large Paper" blacked out by the publisher, this no. 46 of 250 numbered and signed copies, with the signatures of Milne and Shepard below, volume replete with the black-and-white line-drawings of Shepard's, both full page and in-text; duodecimo size (7 9/16" by 5 1/16"), pagination: [i-viii] ix-xii  2-178 [final blank with silhouette drawing].
___CONDITION: Near fine, with clean boards, straight corners with minimal rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; some sunning to the spine and back board, a hint of dustiness to the binding around the edges, else fine.
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