Winnie-the-Pooh - A. A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard (illustrator) 1926 - Methuen & Co. Ltd, London - First Edition ‘On Wednesday, when the sky is blue, And I have nothing else to do, I sometimes wonder if it's true That who is what and what is who.’

A lovely copy of the first edition, in a bright example of the original dust jacket, of A.A. Milne’s most famous children’s story.

Winnie was the name of the Canadian Black Bear at London Zoo, befriended by Christopher Robin, and originally the Mascot of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade. The Pooh is believed to have come from the name of a royal swan in the park and the two combined by Christopher Robin himself.
  Born in Scotland and Cambridge educated, Alan Alexander Milne worked as assistant editor of Punch magazine until the First World War, were he served in France despite being a noted pacifist. Although his son Christopher Robin and wife Daphne were inspirations for Winnie the Pooh, Milne preferred to read them his favourite author Wodehouse. Wodehouse’s favourite author was A.A. Milne.

Shepard’s illustrations were influenced by Growler, his son’s teddy bear. Milne, although reluctant, was advised to use the young Shepard for the illustrations by other members of
Punch. Shepard, after sketching in Ashdown Forest, presented himself uninvited at Milne’s house with his illustrations and won him over.

Octavo (19.5 x 13 cm). pp. xi [3] 158 [2]. Publisher's green cloth with gilt title on spine, front panel with a Shepard illustration blocked in gilt, top edge gilt, pictorial endpapers, in original illustrated dust jacket, ‘7/6 net’ printed on spine, ‘117th thousand’ referring to
When We Were Very Young to upper rear flap (this changed to ‘129th thousand’ for the second edition).
  Condition: Near fine, hint of rubbing to spine ends and corners, a few faint spots to fore edge, touch of offsetting to endpapers, in very good plus dust jacket, small 5mm chip and 3 cm closed tear to head of lightly toned spine, minor wear at tail of spine and corners, touch of soiling to panels.   Ref: 108280   Price: HK$ 16,000