[A.A. Milne's first book] London: Alston Rivers, 1905. Original dark blue-green cloth lettered in red.
First Edition of A. A. Milne's first book. As a boy Milne was educated at a small public school run by his father -- where, at the age of seven during the years 1889-1890, one of his teachers was none other than H.G. Wells (five years before his first fiction was published). Years later, after Milne graduated (in mathematics) from university, he found work writing for the humor magazine Punch and for the St. James Gazette; it was Wells who suggested that Milne take some of his St. James pieces and combine them into a novel -- and this is the result. (It was a failure: Milne later paid five pounds to buy back the copyright so that it could not be reprinted, and he himself later referred to his second book as his first.) It was not until 1924, after Milne had experienced the horrors of the Great War, that in an effort to return to the simplicities of childhood he began writing the verse and tales featuring Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin.~This copy is still in the extremely delicate original cloth binding; condition is very good (some wear at the spine's head and sides, minor soil). This is quite a scarce book today -- it is only the second copy we have offered in our 35 years in business. NCBEL IV 671. Item #12641