MILNE, A. A.. When We Were Very Young - Winnie The Pooh - House At Pooh Corner - Now We Are Six. (1977 - INSCRIBED BY CHRISTOPHER (ROBIN) MILNE IN EACH VOLUME)

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TITLE: When We Were Very Young - Winnie The Pooh - House At Pooh Corner - Now We Are Six.

PUBLISHER: London: Methuen Children's Books, 1977.

DESCRIPTION: INSCRIBED BY CHRISTOPHER (ROBIN) MILNE IN EACH VOLUME. 4 vols., 7-7/16" x 5-1/8", illustrated in by Ernest Shepard, inscribed by Christopher Milne on the half-title of each volume "For Emma and Feona with all good wishes Christopher Milne Dartmouth 14. January 1978", hardbound, original publisher's gilt stamped brown paper boards, pictorial pastedowns and endpapers, with the original pictorial DJ's.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Milne began the poems in When We Were Very Young for his son Christopher Robin. They had originally appeared in Punch magazine and, to the shock of Milne and Methuen, the book sold out on publication day. It was an unqualified success, quoted, recited, and parodied everywhere. Milne's based the stories of his second major book Winnie-the-Pooh on a set of stuffed animals Christopher Robin (called "Billy Moon" in the family) owned. Methuen published Milne's third children's book just two months after Winnie-the-Pooh. The House at Pooh Corner would be the last of the Pooh books. Milne wanted both to stop while the books were selling well - "I have had my thrill out of children's books, and know that I shall never recapture it" - and to protect his growing son: "I feel that the legal Christopher Robin has already had more publicity than I want for him. Moreover, since he is growing up, he will soon feel that he has had more publicity than he wants for himself. We all, young and old, hope to make some sort of name, but we want to make it in our own chosen way, and, if possible, by our own exertions" (Thwaite pages 338-39).