(New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1927). 224 x 185 mm. (9 x 7 1/2"). 8 p.l., 103 pp. ONE OF 200 COPIES SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR (this is copy #115).
Publisher's pink half cloth and blue paper boards, edges UNTRIMMED AND UNOPENED, in the original light blue dust jacket and housed IN THE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S BLUE PAPER BOX. With frontispiece and illustrations throughout the text by E. H. Shepard. The box with slight fading and one minor tear to the vertical portion of one side of the lid, otherwise IN VIRTUALLY MINT, CERTAINLY UNSURPASSABLE, CONDITION.
Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956) was the author of popular plays, three novels, and numerous essays, but he is remembered almost exclusively as the creator of some of the best-loved characters in all of children's literature: Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, Eeyore, and Piglet. As Day observes, "both the verse and the stories . . . appeal immediately to children, and at the same time have fascinated the maturest of adult readers by their sensitive explorations of the world through the eyes of childhood." The present work was the companion to Milne's first volume of verse, "When We Were Very Young" (1924), which was dedicated to his son, Christopher Robin, born in 1920. Ernest Howard Shepard (1879-1976) was working as a cartoonist for "Punch," where Milne was an editor, when a colleague recommended him as an illustrator for Milne's first children's book. Shepard's renderings of the characters and events are integral to the charm of Milne's works, and are enormously popular in their own right. There are 35 verses in the present work, including "Furry Bear," "Knight-in-Armor," and "In the Dark." Although copies of "Now We Are Six" appear in one edition or another in the marketplace with some frequency, they are, understandably, almost always well used; the present copy of this especially desirable signed limited edition, particularly as it retains the original box in almost perfect condition, is nothing short of an astonishing survival. (CMH1818)
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