London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1927-8. Mixed editions. A complete set of the publisher's deluxe edition (often called the "Monogram Edition") for all four Pooh books in a lovely state of preservation. Each book bound in full tan calf with gilt titles and illustrations on the spines, with the author's monogram stamped in the center of the front board. An early set with House at Pooh Corner a first edition, Now We are Six a fourth edition, Winnie the Pooh a sixth edition and When We Were Very Young a 16th edition. All books in excellent, Near Fine condition with only trivial wear at the crowns and a uniform contemporary owner's name on the front end paper in each volume.
A. A. Milne would write the Pooh stories after being inspired by his son, Christopher Robin, and his stuffed animals, one of which was a bear named “Winnie.” Milne had written prolifically in other modes and genres, but the Pooh books would go on to outshine all his other works. Indeed, Winnie The Pooh has been listed on the New York Public Library’s 100 greatest children’s books of the century and the Ashdown Forest, where the stories take place, has become a tourist attraction as a result. "I think Pooh's secret is the kindness and generosity of spirit of the characters toward each other" (NY Public Library). Near Fine (Item #2876)