Lot 70MILNE, A.A. and SHEPARD, E.H.
The House at Pooh Corner. London: Methuen, 1928. First edition, number 284 of 350 copies, signed by both artist and illustrator. Publisher's cream boards with blue cloth spine, printed label on upper cover, in the printed dust jacket, housed in a later maroon morocco-backed box. 8 3/4 x 7 inches (22 x 17.5 cm); xii, 178,  pp., illustrated throughout by E. H. Shepard. Minor wear and soiling to jacket, but a very bright copy overall. Bookplate of Francis Fels Rosenbaum; Boxed with SHEPARD, E.H. Original drawing for A.A. Milne The House at Pooh Corner, published on page 78 of that book. Ink drawing on Whatman illustration board depicting Rabbit and Owl, signed in ink "E.H. Shepard" (ll), and captioned in pencil below the drawing "Go Away - I'm thinking"; the verso annotated in Shepard's hand "Return to:-/Ernest H. Shepard/Shamley Green [this struck through] Long Meadow/Longdown/Guildford." The illustration on a sheet approximately 5 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches (14 x 19 cm), the drawing itself occupying approximately 3 5/8 x 4 1/4 inches (9 x 11 cm); matted, housed in a chemise, this inserted into a pocket in the slipcase for the accompanying book. The drawing is tape mounted on the verso to an old mat. Some browning from the mat to the blank surround of the drawing; the drawing itself clean.
This is Shepard's original drawing for the illustration on page 78 of The House at Pooh Corner, from the chapter "Rabbit's Busy Day." It was presumably prepared in 1927, as witness the address change on the reverse. Shepard moved from Shamley Green to his new Long Meadow address that year, while the book was still in progress.
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