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AA Milne first editions

Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956), more famously abbreviated to A.A. Milne, is without question best known for the creation of Christopher Robin (both literally & literarily) and Christopher’s childhood companion Winnie-the Pooh, whose adventures together first appeared in book-form in Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926.

The popularity of the four books (When we were Very YoungWinnie-the-PoohNow we are SixThe House at Pooh Corner) sometimes known as the ‘Christopher Robin Books‘, that he collaborated on with E.H. Shepard, established A.A. Milne and his children’s characters as household names, but A.A. Milne did write numerous other works for other, less sophisticated audiences. These include numerous plays, most famously perhaps his dramatic rendering of one of his own favourite books The Wind in the Willows (Toad of Toad Hall, 1929); detective fiction (The Red House Mystery) and other novels for grown-ups.

Collecting A.A. Milne First Editions

A.A. Milne first editions vary in price considerably, with the Christopher Robin books being the most sought after and potentially valuable. For more information on these please click here. The first published book by A.A. Milne, Lovers in London (1905, derived from a series of articles that A. A. Milne wrote for The St James Gazette as a young man) is a known scarcity, but only fetches in the high hundreds for a first edition.

Milne was a very successful playwright, penning popular plays such as Mr Pim Passes By (1919) and Michael & Mary (1929), and his plays in first edition are sought out by collectors, especially when inscribed from Milne; prices for plays by Milne can range between circa £100 to £2000+ when inscribed.

A.A. Milne wrote a handful of novels, most famously perhaps his experiment with ‘intuitional’ detective fiction, The Red House Mystery (1922), a Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone, first editions of which in dust-jacket can cost thousands of pounds depending on condition. His other novels tend to be less collectable and less valuable, though again a personalised inscription from Milne can elevate the value of these exponentially.

A selection of the A.A. Milne first editions we currently have in stock are presented below. If you would like further information on books by A.A. Milne please contact Angus Robb or Roddy Newlands in our Literature department.

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  1. First edition, number 30 of 200 copies on handmade paper, signed by Milne and Kenneth Grahame; 4to (235 x 190 mm); publisher's quarter blue cloth-backed boards, with paper label on upper board (spare one tipped-in at the end), printed dust-jacket, spine darkened with minor chipping to extremities, small, expert restorations to upper edge, minor shelf wear, otherwise a bright and clean copy in the scarce dust-jacket.

  2. First editions, When We Were Very Young, first issue with p.ix not numbered; 8vo; illustrations by E.H. Shepard; comprising When We Were Very Young, neat ink ownership inscription and light browning to endpapers, slight sunning to spine, jacket with light toning to spine and panels, spine ends and corners a little chipped, 1 or 2 short tears with light creasing to head and foot, professional restoration to head of spine, extremities a little rubbed, 1924; Winnie-the-Pooh, map endpapers (very light browning), jacket with light toning to spine, neat and professional repairs and restorations to spine, corners and along upper fore-edge, repaired tear straying into upper panel, 1926; Now We Are Six, pictorial endpapers, spine slightly darkened, light toning to jacket spine and head of upper panel, spine with chip to foot, minor chipping to tip of spine and corners, some light surface soiling, short nick to head, 1927; The House at Pooh Corner, pictorial endpapers (very light browning), jacket spine with light toning, minor chipping and light creasing to spine tips and corners, 1928; publisher's pictorial cloth, gilt, light rubbing to spine tips and corners, top edge gilt, dust-jackets, a very good set; preserved in a custom-made slip-case.

  3. First edition; 8vo; illustrations and map endpapers by Ernest Shepard, a very few, minor, peripheral marks, the only two of note at base of p. 131 but even these are light and small, otherwise near fine; publisher's pictorial cloth gilt, top edge gilt, light bumping to spine tips and upper right-hand corner, illustrated dust-jacket, spine slightly faded, light soiling, minor chipping to head of spine and corners, otherwise, again, near fine.

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