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The House at Pooh Corner.
London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1928. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd,, 1928. A notably bright copy of the final Pooh book Octavo. Original pink cloth, spine lettered in gilt, vignette in gilt to front cover within single gilt rule border, illustrated endpapers, top edge gilt. With the dust jacket. Frontispiece and illustrations in the text by E. H. Shepard, of which 7 are full-page. Bookseller's ticket to foot of front pastedown. Small bumps to spine ends and tips, tiny marks to top edge of rear board, cloth notably bright, pale offsetting to endpapers, minor abrasion to rear pastedown; a very good copy in the jacket with lightly sunned spine, tiny nicks to spine and fold ends. First edition, first impression, of Milne's final Pooh book. Three years of intense publicity were taking their toll on the family, and Milne longed to return full-time to adult literature. Christopher Robin was growing up, soon to leave for boarding school, and The House at Pooh Corner would be a farewell. But first there was an introduction to be made. Milne had bought his son a stuffed tiger, "Tigger", and told Shepard that he was longing to see the illustrations for this new character, who would become one of the author's most popular creations. Published on 11 October 1928, The House at Pooh Corner was received by critics with a delight tinged by sadness. "The Times Literary Supplement congratulated Milne on avoiding 'the temptation to repeat his successful formula mechanically', though it was 'sad to see the stories end'" (Thwaite p. 336). Thwaite, A. A. Milne: His Life (1990).
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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