London: Methuen, 1926. First edition. Number 100 of 350 copies signed by A. A. Milne and his illustrator E. H. Shepard, who helped bring Winnie the Pooh to Life. Original blue quarter cloth over blue boards with paper label to front. Spine lightly sunned and small bumps to corners. Offsetting to pastedowns and endpapers. Retaining the large folding map to the rear. Accompanied by the remnants of the scarce dustjacket, including front and rear panels and flaps. In all, a charming copy.
The first of A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh books, responsible for introducing children the world over to Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, Rabbit, and Kanga and Roo. One of the most influential children's books in the world, it tells of the adventures of Christopher Robin, his bear Pooh, and their friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. Milne notably drew inspiration from the toys and playtime of his young son, who also appears as a regular character and the only human figure in the Wood. Near Fine (Item #3267)