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Winnie-the-Pooh by  A.A. (Alan Alexander) Milne - Signed First Edition - 1926 - from Rob Zanger Rare Books LLC (SKU: 88)


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by Milne, A.A. (Alan Alexander)

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London: Methuen, 1926. First Trade Edition. Near fine/Very good. Ernest H. Shepard. Crown 8vo, 7 5/8 x 5 in (194 x 127 mm), pp. 158, green cloth, gilt stamping on the front board with an illustration of Christopher Robin and Pooh, gilt lettering on spine, top edge gilt; full-page and text illustrations, illustrated endpapers with map of "100 Aker Wood... Drawn by me and Mr. Shepar Helpd (sic.)"; in very good dust jacket (slightly worn, some dust and finger smudging - primarily affecting back panel, spine panel somewhat sunned, some dampstaining to bottom edge of spine panel, 1/4 inch; 6 mm tear to stop of spine panel, slight chipping with no losses to lettering or design elements).

Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard (except where exceptions are noted). THIS COPY SIGNED IN INK BY BOTH A.A. MILNE AND ERNEST H. SHEPARD ON THE TITLE PAGE.

[Haring-Smith C79; Cutler-Stiles p. 116; Grolier, no. 71]. Milne, A.A. (Alan Alexander: 1882-1956). Winnie-the-Pooh. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1926. First Edition. Crown 8vo, 7 1/2 x 5 in (192 x 126 mm), pp. 160, green cloth, gilt stamping on the front board with an illustration of Christopher Robin and Pooh, gilt lettering on spine, top edge gilt; full-page and text illustrations, illustrated endpapers with map of "100 Aker Wood... Drawn by me and Mr. Shepar Helpd (sic.)"; Cover and spine lightly rubbed, endpapers age stained as usual

The second in the classic quartet of Milne's cycle based on the teddy bear which belonged to his son, Christopher Robin Milne. Pooh first appeared in a poem, published in Punch in February 1924, and reprinted in When We Were Very Young, but the character was only fully developed in Winnie-the-Pooh, which documents the adventures of the "bear of little brain." Accompanied by the magical drawings of Ernest H. Shepard, whom Milne had met as they both were contributors to Punch. Their collaboration spanned many projects and "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." [Grolier: One Hundred Books Famous in Children's Literature, p. 232]

To own a copy of this first trade edition, signed by both contributors is exceptional.


The silly, sweet-hearted bear, Winnie and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood, have delighted generations of readers since Winnie-The-Pooh was first published in 1926. The story was inspired by the author, A.A. Milne’s own son, Christopher Robins, and his many furry friends.  The tale follows the many adventures of Winnie and his friends, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, Christopher Robin, and many more. He calls himself a Bear of Very Little Brain, yet he shows faithfully that he is a wise and loving creature, furthermore a whimsical philosopher who is rather fond of honey. Three cheers for Pooh! 

Read More: Identifying first editions of Winnie-the-Pooh


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Milne, A.A. (Alan Alexander)
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