The House at Pooh Corner (First Edition) by A. A. Milne

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The House at Pooh Corner is the second book in the children’s series Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne (1882-1956). The first edition of this work was published in 1928 by Methuen & Co, London. Background

Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh character was based on his son’s teddy bear, living in ‘The Hundred-Acre Wood’ which was based on Ashdown Forest, Sussex. He was introduced in a poem in the collection When We Were Very Young (1924), and then given his own short story book, Winnie-the-Pooh (1926). The House at Pooh Corner is the sequel to this. It is illustrated by E. H. Shepard as was the first book.

Plot, characters, themes

Along with characters from the first book, including of course Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Owl, and Rabbit, The House at Pooh Corner introduces the bouncing tiger Tigger for the first time. There are several more stories and situations featuring the characters. There is a hint of sadness that Christopher Robin is growing up and therefore must leave the Hundred Acre Forest, with a farewell party for him at the end.

Author

Alan Alexander Milne (A.A. Milne) is famed for the Winnie-the-Pooh children’s books, and the two collections of verse When We Were Very Young (1924) and Now We Are Six (1927).

See main article: A. A. Milne rare books and memorabilia

Notable auction sales and collecting tips

The first edition of The House at Pooh Corner is very popular and very collectible, particularly if signed by Milne and illustrator Shepard. It is often sold together with its prequel Winnie-the-Pooh, and often also with the two verse books When We Were Very Young and Now We Are Six. Complete first edition sets are very valuable.

For example, Heritage Auctions Texas sold first editions of all four of the books for $12,500 in June 2010. Sothebys London sold a complete first edition set for £18,000 in December 2004. Christie’s New York sold first editions of all four, signed by Milne and Shepard, for $11,500 in December 1993.

However, there are 20 known first edition copies of The House on Pooh Corner printed on Japanese vellum, and signed by Milne and Shepard. These limited edition copies are extremely rare, and therefore very valuable alone. One such copy was sold by Christie’s New York for $14,400 in April 2005, Heritage Auctions Texas for $22,000 in June 2008, and at Sotheby’s London for £25,000 in December 2008.

It is not recommended to restore first editions of Winnie-the-Pooh, as they are much more valuable in their original decorative dust-jackets and cloth covers.

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