(New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., ). 229 x 184 mm. (9 x 7 1/4"). 4 p.l., vii-xiii, , 171 pp. No. 285 OF 350 LARGE PAPER COPIES, SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR.
Original green silk over peach-colored paper boards, front board illustrated, paper label on spine, edges untrimmed and UNOPENED, with original acetate. IN THE PUBLISHER'S ORIGINAL MATCHING PICTORIAL BOX. Numerous illustrations in the text by Ernest H. Shepard. Tiny piece of green paper stuck to lower board (presumably during binding), a couple of small marginal smudges (from printing process?), otherwise A CHOICE, UNREAD COPY IN A SPARKLING BINDING, the original box still quite sturdy.
This is a remarkably fine copy of selections by Milne from the four "Pooh" books, printed on paper very like Japanese vellum in a special luxury Large Paper format. 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." Apart from the memorable condition of the present copy, this is quite a pleasing compilation. (ST14087)
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PJP Catalog: SE19BF.072