Winnie-the-Pooh, 1st edn 1926 (A A Milne)
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|The second book in the Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh series. The illustrations of the animals (other than Rabbit and Owl) were based on actual toys, according to Milne. Winnie-the-Pooh's illustration was based on a Steiff teddy-bear named Growler belonging to Shepard's son Graham.
Milne was delighted with Shepard's realization of the characters and, on the publication of Winnie-the-Pooh, inscribed Shepard's copy with a verse proclaiming:
When I am gone,
Let Shepard decorate my tomb,
And put (if there is room)
Two pictures on the stone:
Piglet from page a hundred and eleven,
And Pooh and Piglet walking (157) . . .
And Peter, thinking that they are my own,
Will welcome me to Heaven.
Jacket illustrations by E H Shepard.
ReproJacket #98-A-1, size 193.5x465mm.