E.H. Shepard illustrated books
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The British illustrator and painter E H Shepard is best known for his illustrations for The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne. His work, often created through a combination of watercolour and pen-and-ink and is characterised by light washes of colour and graphic, black outlines.
Born in 1879 in London, England to an artistic family, the artist developed an interest in drawing from a young age and went on to receive formal training from the Royal Academy Schools in London. After serving in the Royal Garrison Artillery during World War I, Shepard worked for the popular satirical magazine Punch, where he was later recommended to author A.A. Milne, who was searching for an illustrator for Winnie-the-Pooh. His cover designs include David Copperfield by Charles Dickens and Tom Brown’s Schooldays by Thomas Hughes.
First edition, first printing; 8vo; illustrations and pictorial endpapers by E.H. Shepard, some inconspicuous staining to bottom edge of preliminaries, a very small nick to bottom edge of p. 19 and minor residue from a label removal to lower corner of upper endpaper; publisher's salmon pink cloth gilt, top edge gilt, small spot to extreme edge of upper board, fading to rear board, otherwise bright, pictorial dust-jacket, mild dust-soiling, spine toned, minor chipping to spine extremities and corners, otherwise a very good copy.£1,600
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.£15,000
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.£5,750