When We Very Were Young; Winnie-the-Pooh; Now We Are Six; The House at Pooh Corner.
London: Methuen and Co., 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928. 8vo, x, 100 pp.; xi, 158 pp.; x, 103; xi, 178 pp. In blue, green, red, and rose cloth, covers stamped and panelled in gilt, backstrips gilt lettered. Top edges gilt. Spine panels uniformly very slightly aged, endpapers and pastedowns with the expected minor offsetting from flaps. The dust-jacket flaps of When We Were Very Young have a small section at the top front and back neatly trimmed and the front panel bears an unobtrusive 2-inch tear without loss. An unsophisticated set that has been together since publication to the present day. Enclosed in a new cloth box. First editions, very rare first state of When We Were Very Young with blank end-papers and no IX in the preliminary pagination. One of the half dozen most famous childrens books in the English language; complete sets in original condition as issued from the day of publication are as desirable as they are rare. Milnes tales and Shepards immortal illustrations are iconic and referenced in every book about 20th-century childrens books. C.R. Milne (Christopher Robin) did not live easily with his fame and retired to Dartmouth in Devon where he happily ran The Harbour Bookshop for many years.
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