Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    First Edition of the First Pooh Book-
    One of Only 100 Copies Signed by Both
    A. A. Milne and Ernest H. Shepard

    A. A. Milne. When We Were Very Young. With Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen & Co., [1924]. First edition of the first Pooh book. One of only 100 numbered copies on handmade paper, signed by both the author and the illustrator, this copy being No. 40. Small quarto (8.75 x 7 inches; 222 x 177 mm.). viii, [2, contents], [2, fly-title (verso blank)], 99, [1] pages. Text illustrations. Original quarter maroon buckram over gray paper-covered boards with printed paper label on front cover. All edges uncut. Paper label slightly foxed; top edge very faintly foxed. Corners very lightly bumped; a couple of minor dings to board edges; a few faint scuff marks on front board; small area of slight discoloration at top edge of rear board, and soiling to outer edge of rear board; small area of paper bubbling up from rear board. Endpapers slightly browned; pastedowns bubbling up from boards in a few places. A few leaves poorly opened; a few leaves with very slight creasing; tiny stain in outer margin of pages 31/32. Early bookseller's description laid in. A very good copy. Housed in a blue cloth chemise and quarter blue crushed morocco gilt over blue cloth boards slipcase. Slipcase spine ruled in gilt and blind and lettered in gilt with five gilt-ruled raised bands. Slipcase with some wear; spine of slipcase faded to brown. Small bookseller's ticket of Philip C. Duschnes Rare Books mounted inside back panel of chemise.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2015
    8th-9th Wednesday-Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 529

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 21 days left to consign to the 2018 October 27 Musical Instruments - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Heritage has gone above and beyond my expectations in handling all of my transactions in a thoroughly professional manner. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone worldwide for the exemplary auction and valuation services they provide.
    Richard H.,
    Corsicana, TX
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $615,551