First Edition in the Scarce Publisher's Deluxe Calf Binding and Original Cardboard Box

    A. A. Milne. The House at Pooh Corner. With Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., [1928].

    First trade edition of the last "Pooh" book. Small octavo (7.1875 x 4.75 inches; 182 x 120 mm.). xi, [1, blank], 178, [1], [1, printer's imprint] pages. Text illustrations.

    Publisher's deluxe binding of full red limp calf pictorially stamped in gilt within a decorative gilt border on the front cover and pictorially stamped and lettered in gilt within double gilt rules on the spine. All edges gilt. Pink pictorial endpapers printed in black. Light rubbing to corners and spine extremities, a couple of tiny dings to the edges of the rear cover, calf separating from the board on the covers near the spine, a few faint scuff marks on covers. Front free endpaper closely trimmed at the fore-edge. Half-inch tear to the lower blank margin of pages ix/x, small stain in the outer blank margin of page 31, two tiny stains in the outer blank margin of page 171, some very occasional minor marginal staining or soiling. Tiny black label of The Times Book Club on the rear pastedown. In the very scarce original dark gray paper-covered cardboard box with white paper labels printed in dark blue on the lid. The box, which is totally unrestored, has a tear to one side of the lid extending one-half inch onto the top of the lid, one corner is bumped, with a short split at the top edge, both labels are a little soiled, and the bottom of the box is considerably worn, with one corner bumped and with the paper split at the edges. A near fine copy.

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