Shepard, Ernest H. Hard Cover. London: Methuen & Co., 1927. First Edition. Very Good.
Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. First printing, deluxe issue. Publisher’s red cloth with a gilt illustration of a child with a fishing pole to front board, double ruled gilt border with flowers in corners to front board, spine elaborately decorated in gilt with flowers and children, spine lettered in gilt, all edges gilt. Very good book with some light marks and scratches to boards, light fading to spine, a bit of wear to spine ends, offsetting to half-title page, some loss to p. 51/52 along bottom edge (no text or illustrations affected). Overall, a bright and attractive copy with vibrant gilt. Now We are Six is a collection of thirty-five children's poems and verses that comprises the third of four volumes in The Pooh Books, Milne's series of children's books featuring the adventures of the teddy bear character Winnie the Pooh and his friends of the Hundred Acre Wood. Like the rest of the books in the series, Milne wrote Now We are Six for Anne Darlington, the daughter of family friends whom both families hoped would marry Milne's son Christopher Robin; while the first Pooh book When We Were Very Young was dedicated to Christopher Robin, Now We Are Six is dedicated to Darlington. As Milne alludes in his introduction, "We have been writing this book for three years. We began it when we were very young… and now we are six." Although only a few of the poems feature him, Winnie the Pooh frequently appears in Shepard's decorations. As Milne explains, Pooh "thought it was a different book; and he hopes you won't mind, but he walked through it one day, looking for his friend Piglet, and sat down on some of the pages by mistake."