London: Methuen & Co, 1926. First Edition in later jacket. Octavo (20 x 12.5cm), pp. xvi, 160, illustrated endpapers of the 100 Aker Wood, illustrated intext throughout by Shepard, with nine full page illustrations including the frontis, top edge gilt; green boards with single rule gilt border and gilt illustration on top board, gilt lettering on spine; a later state illustrated dust wrapper with a Swain's bookseller stamp has been affixed to the spine where the 7/6 should be and rear flap reads "169th Thousand".
Gilt illustration and lettering lovely and bright. Head and tail of spine are pushed, top corner of top board bumped, small dint in top board 3cm above Pooh's upstretched arms, 1mm white dot and 5 similar size nibble marks at lower corner of top board, some abrasoions and scratches long the base of the lower board, t.e.g. a little dull, end papers age toned and lightly foxed, book plate of David G. L. Worland on front paste down, gift inscription on first blank dated 1928, minor foxing especially noticable at the half title, pp. xvi and 1, 16 &17, 36 &37; unclipped dust wrapper lightly marked and spine is sun darkened, some underlining of text on the inside of the rear flap and three little notes in pen" the words "Bees" and "Bear" in the balloon on the cover of the jacket, very faintly the work "Christopher " on Christopher's shirt, on the back of the jacket an arrow from the rabbit towadds Pooh and the words "Pooh Bear", and on the inside of the rear flap the word "Lovely".
Loosley inserted: a photograph of A.A. Milne's house and a postcard of A.A. Milne with Christopher Robin Milne. Item #963
Winnie the Pooh was an immediate success when first published in 1926. Milne and Shepard created it together as a collaboration, with Milne sending each chapter to Shepard for illustrating before proceeding to the next. A lovely first edition of an enduring classic.