Once on a time
A.A. Milne, decorated by Charles Robinson
Price: 250.00 GBP
London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1925. 269pp, with text illustrations in line, a colour frontis, and pictorial endpapers. Extremely bright and fresh throughout. The original owner's home-made bookmark was found at p256-7, where it has left a thin line down the gutter, and a faint mark on the page. No other marks. In the original pictorial binding of pale blue cloth, blocked in black and gold, spine titled in gilt: extremely bright and fresh, corners sharp, head of spine faintly blunted. In the protected pictorial dust jacket: this has a 1cm chip to the head of the spine, and small scuffs with loss at each corner. The upper panel is bright, the spine slightly sunned, and the lower (white) panel shows some soiling: the flaps are plain white. Appears to be a juvenile fantasia, but in his preface to this edition, Milne says it is 'for those young and old, who like the things which I like' and speaks of it as his best book. The publisher's puff on the back of the jacket mentions 'When we were very young' (1924), but not 'Winnie the Pooh' (1926), lending support to 1925 for this book, and says: 'It is full of delicious humour. Lovers of the fanciful of all ages will revel in it.' A beautiful copy, in the slightly worn rare jacket. First printing with Robinson illustrations. Very near Fine.