Shepard, Ernest H. Hard Cover. London: Methuen & Co., 1926. First Edition. Near Fine / Dust Jacket Included.
Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. First edition, first printing, first state dust jacket with "117th Thousand" to rear flap. Publisher's dark green cloth, decorated in gilt to front board with an illustration of Christopher Robin and Pooh, lettered in gilt to spine, top edge gilt, illustrated map endpapers; in the original tan pictorial dust jacket printed with Shepard's illustrations in black. A near fine copy, front hinge tender but sturdy, tiny nick to the upper corner of pp. 79-121, not affecting text, half-inch closed tear to last free leaf and rear free endpaper, early ownership inscription to first free leaf; in a near fine dust jacket, toned to spine and with a touch of wear to extremities, shallow chipping to spine ends and a half-inch closed tear to top edge of rear panel, else very bright and clean . Overall, a beautiful copy, rare in the original dust jacket. Housed in a custom clamshell box. 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).