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    A First Edition Set of the Four "Pooh" Books, Each Volume Signed by A. A. Milne

    A. A. Milne. When We Were Very Young. With Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., [1924].

    First trade edition (with p. ix unnumbered). Signed by the author in black ink on the title-page: "A. A. Milne [flourish]." Small octavo (7.4375 x 4.875 inches; 188 x 124 mm.). x, [2], 99, [1] pp. Text illustrations. Original royal blue cloth with front cover pictorially stamped in gilt within a single gilt rule border, back cover pictorially stamped in gilt, and spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Just slightly skewed, minor rubbing to corners and spine extremities, a few small areas of slight discoloration to the cloth on the covers. Free endpapers browned from pastedown glue. Over-opened at gathering 2 (between pages 16 and 17), a few tiny ink spots in the gutter on pages 62 and 63. A very good copy. In the original cream-colored pictorial dust jacket printed in dark blue (jacket lightly soiled, with expert and almost invisible restoration to the spine ends and top and bottom edges at the flap folds, jacket spine darkened).

    [Together with:]

    A. A. Milne. Winnie-the-Pooh. With Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., [1926].

    First trade edition. Signed by the author in blue ink on the title-page: "A. A. Milne [flourish]." Small octavo (7.4375 x 4.9375 inches; 188 x 125 mm.). xi, [5], 158, [1], [1, printer's imprint] pages. Text illustrations. Original dark green cloth pictorially stamped in gilt within single gilt rule border on the front cover and ruled and lettered in gilt on the spine. Top edge gilt. Original pale yellow pictorial endpapers. Corners lightly bumped, cloth fraying a bit a spine ends. Endpapers slightly browned in the gutter. Paper very slightly browned, short (half-inch) tear to upper margin of half-title (pages [iii]/[iv]), small mostly margin stain to pages 107-111, short (half-inch) tear to lower blank margin of pages 121/122, slight creasing to upper gutter of final leaf. A very good copy. In the original golden yellow pictorial dust jacket printed in dark blue (jacket with very minor edge wear, jacket spine very slightly darkened).

    [And:]

    A. A. Milne. Now We Are Six. With Decorations by Ernest H. Shepard. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., [1927].

    First trade edition. Signed by the author in blue ink on the title-page: "A. A. Milne [flourish]." Small octavo (7.4375 x 4.875 inches; 188 x 124 mm.). x, [2], 103, [1, printer's imprint] pages. Text illustrations. Original dark red cloth with front cover pictorially stamped in gilt within a gilt single-rule border, back cover pictorially stamped in gilt, and spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt. Original pink pictorial endpapers printed in dark blue. Corners lightly bumped, light rubbing to spine extremities. Small stain on the fore-edge of the last two gatherings. Over-opened at gatherings 4 and 5 (between pages 36 and 37 and pages 52 and 53). Recto of half-title and verso of final leaf browned. A very good copy. In the original pale green pictorial dust jacket printed in dark blue (jacket spine darkened and a little rubbed, with a few small chips at spine extremities, and a small piece missing at the lower corner of the front panel).

    [And:]

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

    First trade edition. Signed by the author in dark blue ink on the title-page: "A. A. Milne [flourish]." Small octavo (7.4375 x 4.875 inches; 188 x 124 mm.). xi, [1, blank], 178, [1], [1, printer's imprint] pages. Text illustrations. Original salmon cloth pictorially stamped in gilt within a single gilt rule border on front cover and ruled and lettered in gilt on spine. Top edge gilt. Original peach pictorial endpapers printed in black. Minimal rubbing to spine extremities, corners very lightly rubbed. Small bookseller's ticket on front pastedown. Paper very slightly browned at the edges. Pages 14 and 15 with tiny adhesion in the lower gutter. Paper flaw to lower corner of leaf 52 (pages 71/72), corner turned up and creased before trimming. A near fine, bright copy. In the original salmon pictorial dust jacket printed in dark blue (jacket with minor edge wear, jacket slightly darkened at the edges, spine darkened).

    Altogether, a wonderful set of jacketed first editions of A. A. Milne's four classic "Winnie-the-Pooh" books, each signed by the author.


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