Milne, A. A. The Four Pooh Books: When We Were Very Young; Winnie The Pooh; Now We Are Six; The House At Pooh Corner. London: Methuen, 1924-28. Four volumes. Bound in full calf leather with gold embossing to the boards and spines and housed in a matching, custom cloth slipcase.
Presented here is an exception four-volume set of American first editions of Milne’s wonderful “Pooh Quartet”-- perfect for gifting! The set includes When We Were Very Young (1924), Winnie the Pooh (1926), Now We Are Six (1927), and The House at Pooh Corner (1928).
"Although Alan Alexander Milne wrote novels, short stories, poetry and many plays for adults, in addition to his work as assistant editor for Punch from 1906 to 1914, it is his writings for children that have captured the hearts of millions of people worldwide and granted Milne everlasting fame" (Silvey, 461).
A. A. Milne wrote most of these poems at the request of friend and fellow poet Rose Fyleman, who was planning to release a new children's magazine. "On a rain-blighted holiday in Wales, [Milne] escaped from the crowd of fellow guests to the summerhouse, and for 11 days wrote a set of children's verses, one each day… 'There on the other side of the lawn was a child with whom I had lived for three years [his son, Christopher Robin]… and here within me were unforgettable memories of my own childhood.' He added more verses when he got home, enough for a book, and allowed some to be published in advance in Punch" (Carpenter & Prichard, 351). Shepard, a Punch staff artist at the time, provided delightful line vignettes, resulting in "a wonderful marriage of verse and vision. His delicately precise and fresh drawings had an instant appeal" (DNB).
These four volumes are fully bound in leather with gilt tooling and raised bands on spines. Each volume features gilt tooling and embossing on the front boards. Pages feature lovely marbled endpapers and black and white illustrations throughout. The set is housed in a custom slipcase for all four books with a color illustration of Pooh on one side.