Hard Cover. London: Methuen and Co., 1950. Fine.
Later edition. Finely bound by Bayntun in full green calf with five raised bands to spine, ruled and lettered in gilt with five illustrations from the book stamped in gilt to front board, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt, gray marbled endpapers. A near fine copy, a touch of wear to front hinge and spine ends, contemporary gift inscription to first free leaf, else fine. Overall, a beautiful copy in a charming, bright binding. Winnie-the-Pooh is the second in Milne's series of children's books featuring the adventures of the teddy bear character Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Each telling an individual and complete story, the chapters of Winnie-the-Pooh can be read independently of one another. Milne created the story of Winnie the Pooh for his son Christopher Robin, who had a teddy bear named Edward Bear. In his introduction, Milne explains how Edward Bear became Winnie the Pooh, although he notes that "we can't remember whether Winnie is called after Pooh, or Pooh after Winnie." The name "Winnie" comes from a bear that the Milnes saw at the London Zoo, while the name "Pooh" is from a swan whom the fictional Christopher Robin encountered in When We Were Very Young (1924).