The House at Pooh Corner. With Decorations by Ernest Shepard. [with] MS letter from Shepard to an American admirer.

The House at Pooh Corner. With Decorations by Ernest Shepard. [with] MS letter from Shepard to an American admirer.
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London: Methuen & Co., 1929. Small 8vo, xi, 178 pp. With a frontispiece and illustrations throughout by Shepard. Original red cloth, dust-jacket, neat ownership inscription on half title, a very fine copy in a new quarter morocco box. First edition, signed on the title-page by A.A. Milne in ink. With a 2pp. ALS to Miss Margaret B. Austin of Delaware concerning fresco painting and why he has never visited America, among other subjects: “Thank you for your letter and for sending me the record of your fresco painting... The only fresco that I ever worked on was when I was engaged to my first wife. We were fellow students at the Royal Academy School and she was commissioned to paint a fresco in the nurse’s dining hall of Guy’s Hospital in London... I have never been to the United States - My American friend John Fleming, who visits me when he comes to England - advised me not to do so “You will be killed by kindness” he said...” A lovely chatty letter written in ink on letterhead and dated 6th November 1970, in fine condition in the original stamped envelope. (Item Id: 105795)

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