London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., (1927). First Edition. Hardcover. First trade edition, duodecimo size, 116 pp., in original dust jacket. Near fine / very good +. Item #CNIK05
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 featured his own son, "Christopher Robin", as a character.
"Winnie-the-Pooh" was the first volume of stories with Pooh as the main character, although his first published appearance was in a poem in "Punch" in February of 1924, reprinted in "When We Were Very Young". This book, "Now We Are Six", is considered the third book in the series, having been published the year following "Winnie-the-Pooh". "Now We Are Six" includes thirty-five short poems for children, eleven of which are accompanied by illustrations of Winnie-the-Pooh who, according to the dust jacket blurb, is "perhaps an inch more round the waist".
With pen-and-ink drawings 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."
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full rose red cloth over boards, narrow gilt ruled border on the front with a vignette of Christopher Robin playing with a train engine, gilt rules and lettering on the spine, gilt vignette of Pooh and Piglet on the back, top edge gilt, pink endpapers with navy blue illustrations, title page illustration of Christopher Robin; duodecimo size (7 5/8" by 5 1/8"), pagination: [i-vi] vii-xii, 1-102 [103, illustration] [104, printer's statement]. In the publisher's dust jacket of light blue with navy blue illustrations on the front and back panels, price of "7/6 net" printed on the spine, short summary of book on the front flap, publisher's ad for the first two "Pooh" books on the back flap.
___CONDITION: Volume near fine, with clean boards, perfectly straight corners with a hint of rubbing, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; a hint of rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, light foxing to the gutter margins of the endpapers and offsetting to the flyleaf and printer's statement. The unclipped dust jacket is a a bit better than very good, with very light edgewear including two short (approx. 1/4") closed tears at the top of the front panel, sunning to the spine, and light overall dustiness.
___CITATION: Payne, John R., "Four Children's Books by A.A. Milne", "Studies in Bibliography" Vol. XXIII (1970), no. IIIA.
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