The Christopher Robin Verses. Being ‘When We Were Very Young’ and ‘Now We Are Six’. With a Preface for Parents.

  • Milne, A.A.
  • London: Methuen & Co. Ltd. 1932

£250

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Description

FIRST EDITION THUS, 4to, pp. xi, [i], 210, [2] + colour frontispiece and 11 colour plates. Original blue cloth, spine and front board blocked in gilt, original white dustjacket printed in colour, secondary promotional dustjacket in orange printed in black. Slight crease to edge of half-title, one plate loosening and one leaf with an edge-tear. Boards mottled from damp, primary dustjacket a little frayed at edges with short edge-tears, with a pink dampmark to backstrip panel and foot of front panel, front flap creased, secondary dustjacket also worn at edges, folds and spine panel browned and a bit spotted, ends of spine panel chipped, two tears to front flap fold.

Notes

Not a beautiful copy, but retaining an exceptionally rare and perhaps unknown secondary promotional dustjacket: bright orange and printed on thinner, matte paper, it reads on the front panel 'The A.A. Milne Omnibus! The Whole of A.A. Milne's When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six In One Volume. With all the Original Drawings and Twelve New Colour Plates by E.H. Shepard. 8/6 net'. This copy was given as a Christmas gift in 1933, the year after publication, so the new jacket may have been an attempt to boost sales on remaining stock by trumpeting the virtues of the edition - the standard dustjacket gives the title as on the title-page, with no mention of the titles that are included nor of the new colour illustrations. We have not been able to trace any mention of this secondary dustjacket.

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