Now We Are Six (Signed Limited Edition)
London: Methuen, 1927. First edition. Small quarto. Original vellum, front cover lettered in gilt, yapp edges. Housed in blue cloth chemise within blue morocco-backed slipcase by James Macdonald. Numerous in-text and full-page monochrome illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard. A fine, fresh copy, without soiling or bowing.
First edition, signed extra-limited issue, one of 20 large-paper copies printed on Japanese Vellum and signed by both the author and illustrator. This is the most luxurious and exclusive issue of the various formats of the first editions of Milne’s Pooh books. For this title a further 200 large paper copies on regular paper were also issued signed, alongside the unsigned trade issue.
Now We Are Six is a collection of poems that is part of the larger Winnie-the-Pooh imaginative world even though these poems are mostly children's verses. Milne and illustrator Ernest H. Shepard still pepper the book with written and illustrated allusions to the Hundred Acre Woods, hence this post-script from the volume's introduction: "Pooh wants us to say that he thought it was a different book; and he hopes you won't mind, but he walked through it one day, looking for his friend Piglet, and sat down on some of the pages by mistake." Fine (Item #3975)