London: Methuen & Co., Ltd., 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928. First editions. 4 separately published works, octavo. Original cloth (blue, green, red, and pink respectively), titles to spines gilt, rules and illustrations to boards gilt, top edges gilt. With the dust jackets. Housed in a custom green cloth flat back box. Publisher's publicity slip loosely laid in. A very nice set in bright cloth, spines gently cocked, a little offsetting to endpapers, House at Pooh Corner with a little mottling to front joint, a little foxing to fore edges; in the bright jackets, with a few spots of soiling, House at Pooh Corner with a couple of small closed tears. Illustrated throughout by E. H. Shepard. WWWVY is the corrected state as usual, with page ix signed in the prelims. First trade editions, first impressions.
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). Fine in Fine dust jacket. (Item #3171)