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The four Winnie the Pooh books by A.A. Milne
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Author: Milne, A[lan] A[lexander]
Title: Complete set of the Christopher Robin books - When We Were Very Young; Winnie-The-Pooh; Now We Are Six; The House at Pooh Corner
Place Published: London
Publisher:Methuen
Date Published: 1924, 26, 27, 28
Description:


4 volumes. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 19x12 cm. (7½x4¾"), original gilt decorated cloth, top edges gilt,  all but the first title in the original dust jackets. First Editions.



Inspired by stories made up to tell to his son, Christopher Robin Milne, the ‘Winnie the Pooh Books’ quickly established themselves amongst the cornerstones of children’s literature. Having been asked to provide some space fillers for Punch, these semi-fictitious accounts of his son’s doings were transformed to verse and augmented and printed under the running title When We Were Very Young. After a few appearances, the verses were expanded to fill a full page and an illustrator, Punch’s political cartoonist, E.H.Shepard was found. When Milne had what he felt to be enough verses to fill a small book, he approached his publisher, Methuen, who agreed with a reticence shown by the publication of only 5175 copies of the first edition. Success was instant and by the end of the year 43,000 copies of the book had been sold. Despite the success of his first book, it was with Milne’s second book, a continuation but this time in prose, and the formal introduction of the eponymous character, Winnie the Pooh (who appeared in essence in When We Were Very Young, but under the title of Edward Bear), that guaranteed Milne’s immortality as a children’s author. The tales of Pooh, Piglet and friends have been produced in 25 languages and sold 70 million copies since first publication, a figure that is still increasing at a rate of 500,000 copies a year.

Condition
No jacket present for the first title, other jackets a bit browned, the jacket of the final title chipped at ends and with a tear to the rear panel at the lower edge, tape repairs on the reverse; volume with a few small spots to cloth; overall near fine in very good to near fine jackets.
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The four Winnie the Pooh books by A.A. Milne

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Heading:
Author: Milne, A[lan] A[lexander]
Title: Complete set of the Christopher Robin books - When We Were Very Young; Winnie-The-Pooh; Now We Are Six; The House at Pooh Corner
Place Published: London
Publisher:Methuen
Date Published: 1924, 26, 27, 28
Description:


4 volumes. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 19x12 cm. (7½x4¾"), original gilt decorated cloth, top edges gilt,  all but the first title in the original dust jackets. First Editions.



Inspired by stories made up to tell to his son, Christopher Robin Milne, the ‘Winnie the Pooh Books’ quickly established themselves amongst the cornerstones of children’s literature. Having been asked to provide some space fillers for Punch, these semi-fictitious accounts of his son’s doings were transformed to verse and augmented and printed under the running title When We Were Very Young. After a few appearances, the verses were expanded to fill a full page and an illustrator, Punch’s political cartoonist, E.H.Shepard was found. When Milne had what he felt to be enough verses to fill a small book, he approached his publisher, Methuen, who agreed with a reticence shown by the publication of only 5175 copies of the first edition. Success was instant and by the end of the year 43,000 copies of the book had been sold. Despite the success of his first book, it was with Milne’s second book, a continuation but this time in prose, and the formal introduction of the eponymous character, Winnie the Pooh (who appeared in essence in When We Were Very Young, but under the title of Edward Bear), that guaranteed Milne’s immortality as a children’s author. The tales of Pooh, Piglet and friends have been produced in 25 languages and sold 70 million copies since first publication, a figure that is still increasing at a rate of 500,000 copies a year.

Condition
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No jacket present for the first title, other jackets a bit browned, the jacket of the final title chipped at ends and with a tear to the rear panel at the lower edge, tape repairs on the reverse; volume with a few small spots to cloth; overall near fine in very good to near fine jackets.
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