Now We Are Six. A. A. Milne, E. H. Shepard.

Now We Are Six.

1927. London: Methuen & Co., 1927.

Small 8vo, x, 103 pp. with frontispiece and illustrations throughout by Shepard. Original red cloth, boards stamped and panelled in gilt, backstrip gilt lettered, top edge gilt, in the original illustrated dust jacket. Fine copy in dust jacket, upper hinge split. In a new custom quarter leather box.

§ First edition, with a lovely ink inscription by Milne on the half-title: [Now We Are Six] [half-title] belongs to Margaret Rose / Absorbed in contemplation of her toes / And deaf to Poesy she little knows / What’s waiting for her as she grows and grows. A.A. Milne July 31 1946.” Loosely inserted in the front is a one-page letter on Cotchford Farm letterhead from Daphne Milne to Margaret’s mother confirming that her husband would be delighted to inscribe the book for her daughter. The third of Milne's books about Christopher Robin and his friends and the second volume of poetry, including the priceless "Sneezles," "Binker," and "Us Two," ("Wherever I am, there's always Pooh, / There's always Pooh and Me..."). It followed closely on the heels of When We Were Very Young and Winnie-the-Pooh and exceeded the sales of both. Pooh features in several poems and Shepard’s illustrations are notable for including many illustrations of Pooh, Piglet, and friends, even surrounding poems on other subjects. Item #105746

Price: $12,500.00