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    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.




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