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Octavo (188 x 123mm), pp. xi, [1 (blank)], 178, [2 (illustration, imprint)]. Frontispiece after Shepard, illustrations in the text after Shepard, some full- or double-page. (Some light spotting.) Original salmon-pink cloth gilt, upper board with border of single gilt rule and central design after Shepard, spine lettered and ruled in gilt, top edges gilt, others trimmed, decorated endpapers with design after Shepard. (Some offsetting on endpapers, spine and outer areas of boards slightly faded, a few light marks, extremities lightly rubbed and bumped.). Provenance: Barry, Shilton House, Shilton, Oxon (pencil inscription on half-title).
Dealer Notes
First edition. The House at Pooh Corner, ‘the last of the four great children’s books [...], is probably now the most loved and popular of all. It introduces Tigger and the game of Poohsticks, and the underlying theme – of a child growing up and away from his toys, putting away childish things – gives it a particular resonance’ (A. Thwaite, The Brilliant Career of Winnie-the-Pooh (London, 1994), p. 109). The accidental dropping of a fir-cone into the river ‘was the beginning of the game called Poohsticks, which Pooh invented, and which he and his friends used to play on the edge of the Forest. But they played with sticks instead of fir-cones, because they were easier to mark’ (p. 94).

Reviewing The House at Pooh Corner on publication, the Times Literary Supplement remarked that here ‘the bear Pooh closes those few episodes in his life which have been disclosed by Mr. Milne, for this is the last, he declares, of the Winnie-the-Pooh books. It is impossible not to recognize the wisdom of Mr. Milne’s self-denying ordinance and equally impossible not to regret it. The series has won and deserved a unique place in nursery literature, and Mr. Milne is acting in Pooh’s interests in safeguarding his reputation’ (issue 1402 (13 December 1928), p. 985).

The first edition of The House at Pooh Corner was published on 11 October 1928 in an edition of 75,024 copies, and by July 1968 Methuen had sold 764,000 hardback copies and 500,000 copies in wrappers.

Haring-Smith, A.A. Milne, C108.
Author MILNE, Alan Alexander and Ernest Howard SHEPARD (illustrator)
Date 1928
Publisher London: Jarrold and Sons Ltd. for Methuen & Co. Ltd.,

Price: £175.00

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