Accompanied with the set is an original handwritten and signed letter by Milne to his lifetime friend Vincent Seligman, an American entrepreneur. Single page autographed letter signed, 5.5 x 7.5, on letterhead of Cotchford Farm, Hartfield, Sussex stationary. The content of the letter: Dear Vincent We are here for another fortnight, so cannot lunch with you next week, much as we should like to meet your Americans. Can we do it later; or could you bring them and yourself to lunch here?
We should be delighted to you. They have dammed and slammed it, so thoroughly that I doubt if it will ever get (propsing) open now. For Heavens sake make all youre A (illegible) friends go at once, or it will be off. Daff and I feel very sad about it, and an only consider the charming letters about it which we have had from friends and strangers.
Never again but I say that every time. Yours ever [signature] After the huge success of his Winnie The Pooh series of books, Milne attempted another three act play, The Ivory Door. This somewhat jocular but irritated letter from Milne has him lamenting to his dear friend Vincent Seligman, exclaiming the critics have damned and slammed it. But his all too familiar dry humor still shows through suggesting Vincent has his friends all go at once before it will be off.
The first book of the Pooh series was published in 1924 as When We Were Very Young, but it was not until the 1926 publication of Winnie The Pooh that Milne was launched into a literary superstar. The final book, The House At Pooh Corner, was published the year before this play as Milne began to meander back into other genres. An important look at Milnes early attempts to remove himself from being known only as the author of childrens books and wishing to be acknowledged in the adult literary circle. The Pooh series would become both his legacy, but also his nemesis for the balance of his life. We recommend the film'Goodbye Christoper Robin' (2017) for a brief glimpse of that.
1 Winnie-the-Pooh (1296), UK first edition, first printing , published by Methuen (one of 30,000 copies). Boards are clean without any bumps.
The gilding on the front and spine is present without any rubbing and loss. Top page block gilded as called for. No previous owners inscriptions of any sorts.
Typical ghosting to the endpapers where the dust jacket flaps allowed circulation of a little air over the decades. The dust jacket is very nice, first state showing 117th thousand and priced 7/6 net as called for. Slight discolouration (darkening) on the spine as common, a minor chip to the top spine and slight edge wear to top edge as shown on the pictures. 2 Now We Are Six (1927), UK first edition, first printing , published by Methuen (one of 50,000 copies). Red boards have retained their original colour and are clean.Gilding is un-rubbed and unfaded. Slight shelf wear to corners. No previous owners scribbles of any sorts. No ghosting to endpapers, but to the half-title page where the dust jackets flap touched the paper. Very good dust jacket with typical darkening to the spine and minor edge wear to top as shown. 3 The House at Pooh Corner (1928), UK first edition, first printing , published by Methuen (one of 75,000 copies). Salmon-pink coloured boards are a bit rubbed and the spine is slightly faded. Top page block gilded, ghosting to endpapers.
Very good dust jacket which has darkening on the spine and minor chipping and edge wear to the top. Also, notice the small stain at the top of the rear panel. A very attractive set of one of the most loved children books of all time. Highly collectable with such a beautiful letter which examplifies the'Pooh' legacy on Milne's later career.
We have prioritised the letter and the'Winnie-the-Pooh' book as both make upe the lionshare of the set's value. However, we do have over 40 pictures of the set and are happy to share them upon request! We also have a signed limited edition of'The House at Pooh Corner' in stock, one of only 250 copies signed by Milne and illustrator Ernest Shepard!
Milne (1926-28)'Winnie-the-Pooh', first edition set with signed letter" is in sale since Sunday, August 26, 2018. This item is in the category "Books, Comics & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectable". The seller is "firstandfine" and is located in Birmingham. This item can be shipped to all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, United States, Canada.