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, and illustrated map endpapers; in the original tan pictorial dust jacket printed with Shepard's illustrations in black. Near fine book, with a touch of rubbing to spine ends, top corners lightly bumped, light offsetting to endpapers, and tiny bookseller stamp to front flyleaf verso; near fine unclipped dust jacket, with light thumbsoiling to panels and spine, tiny red mark to spine, light rubbing to spine ends and top edges of panels, and a very small closed tear to top edge of front panel. Overall, a very attractive copy of the classic children's book. 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).