MILNE, A.A. (author). E.H. SHEPARD (illustrator). When I Was Very Young. New York, The Fountain Press. 1930.
8vo. Original coral pink nursery cloth patterned with a design of giraffes and ducks, fore-, and lower edges uncut, housed in custom-made, unlettered, oatmeal cloth-covered slipcase; pp. [iv], 5-26 + [ii], printed throughout on fine laid paper; with decorative running-title and highlights in coral pink together with 6 fine line illustrations by Shepard; a lovely, uninscribed, copy with only slight external dusting, internally equally clean with insignificant speckling to endpapers, and a short (12mm) split to lower inner hinge at top edge.
First edition of this scarce autobiographical fragment which is limited to only 842 numbered copies signed in ink by A.A. Milne. The book relates episodes from Milne's early life which he shared with his two brothers. Only published in the US, this fine edition is enhanced by charming drawings by Milne's usual collaborator E.H. Shepard.