Autograph Letter to E.h. Shepard

MILNE, A.A.

I ENCLOSE THE LATEST POOH - MILNE - SHEPARD

MILNE, A.A. Autograph Letter to E.h. Shepard

1926.

A single page of headed note paper, written on both side, approx. 200 words, talking about Shepard's illustrations for Winnie the Pooh, "I enclose the latest Pooh. I saw the drawings of the first two at Methuen's yesterday, and loved them." Milne goes on to talk about future collaborations. "...talked to Lucas about Mother Goose (for next year). My idea is that when I have chosen the nursery rhymes to go in... we should each make our comments on them independently - I in words and you in pictures... I suggest that we share 50/50 over this book." And about meeting, "We go to Cotchford today until May 3rd. Do come over - with family or without - some time... we should be delighted to see you." Fine condition.

A superb letter between one of the most important creative partnerships in children's literature, about the preparation of Winnie the Pooh. The Mother Goose to which Milne referred, never came into being. It seems that Milne entered into a contract with Dutton to produce such a book, but possibly the demand for Winnie the Pooh meant that Milne's take on old fashioned nursery rhymes, adapted to include verses about Christopher Robin and Winnie The Pooh, became Now We Are Six.
Letters between Milne and Shepard are very seldom seen in commerce. Most were retained by Shepard until his death and bequeathed by his widow to the V&A.

Stock ID: 40755

£7,500.00

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