When We Were Very Young
Shepard, Ernest H. Hard Cover. London: Methuen & Co., 1924. First Edition. Near Fine.
Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. First edition, first printing, second state with “ix” to contents leaf. One of 5,140 copies. Signed by Milne on title page. Original publisher’s blue cloth, front and rear boards illustrated in gilt, gilt border to front board, spine lettered in gilt, top edge gilt. A near fine copy with light rubbing to spine ends, a few tiny spots of soiling to cloth, bottom corners gently bumped, spine slightly shaken but sturdy overall, and light offsetting to endpapers. Overall, a beautiful copy of Milne’s first book to feature Winnie the Pooh. A.A. Milne's 1924 collection of poetry When We Were Very Young contains the first depiction of Winnie the Pooh in the poem "Teddy Bear" on page 85. Containing 52 poems, the collection is beautifully illustrated by Ernest Howard Shepard with simple ink drawings. The best-selling book is lovingly dedicated to A.A. Milne's son Christopher Robin Milne who was four at the time of the book's publication. Many of Milne's characters were based on his son and his son's toys.