Shepard, Ernest H

Ernest Howard Shepard (10 December 1879 24 March 1976) was an artist and book illustrator.

Shepard was fond of saying that he started out to be a painter but ended up as an illustrator. In the art world, painters were considered by many to be a much higher form of life than illustrators.

But Shepard probably touched more hearts - and perpetrated more laughter - with his illustrations than he would have as a painter. In fact, he painted very few oils.
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Now We Are Six, 1st edn 1927 ( A A Milne)A further book of child's verse, with some contributions from Winnie-ther-Pooh of course.

Most images of this original jacket have it as a light brown, but it started life with a distinctly green tinge which has been reproduced here.

Jacket illustrations by E H Shepard.

ReproJacket #163-A-1, size 193.2x456mm.
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Now We Are Six, 1st edn 1951 (33rd printing) (A A Milne)Jacket illustrations by E H Shepard.

Note: this jacket is price-clipped.

ReproJacket #163-g-1, size 189.8x468mm.
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The Golden Age, Shepard illus. edn 1945 (6th printing) (Kenneth Grahame)Grahame wrote The Golden Age in 1895 as a collection of reminiscences of childhood. A new edition was published in 1899 illustrated by Maxfield Parrish, and another in 1928 by Ernest H Shepard. Here we have the 6th printing of the Shepard edition from 1945.

Jacket illustrations by E H Shepard.


ReproJacket #239-F-1, size 190.5x479mm
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The House at Pooh Corner, 1st edn 1928 (A A Milne)The final book about Winnie-the-Pooh and his pals was The House at Pooh Corner, first published on 11th October 1928. It introduced a new character, Tigger, to the forest.

Pooh, as Edward Bear, appeared in When We Were Very Young, a collection of children's verse, in 1924; the story collection Winnie-the-Pooh amplified the character in 1926, followed by his inclusion in several poems in the 1927 collection Now We Are Six.

Very little changed on the early printings of these jackets; the first is identified by the issue count of When We Were Very Young on the back flap - it is 179th Thousand on the first, but 189th Thousand by the second printing in December of 1928.

Jacket illustrations by E H Shepard.

ReproJacket #97-A-1, size 194.4x460mm.
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The House at Pooh Corner, 1st edn 1937 (9th printing) (A A Milne)The fifth issue of this title in September 1934 was labelled as a 'cheap edition', priced at 2s 6d; the gilt on the boards was replaced by ink, the board colour changed from salmon pink to blue, and the endpapers were plain. The jacket design was changed to front and back panels, showing a different set of the Shepard drawings. Here we have the ninth printing from 1937, which has lost a little height but gained flap width.

Jacket illustrations by E H Shepard.

ReproJacket #97-I-1, size 191.6x469mm.
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The House at Pooh Corner, 1st edn 1955 (36th printing) (A A Milne)Jacket illustrations by E H Shepard.

ReproJacket #97-j-1, size 190.9x480mm.