A Gallery of Children, First Edition. Illustrated by H. Willebeek Le Mair.
A.A. Milne’s first book of prose for children containing a collection of twelve children’s fantasy stories inspired by the well known colour pictures of Le Mair (known as Saida) -apparently first seen by Milne as advertisements for children’s toiletries in magazines. A Gallery of Children was compiled between his famous book of When We Were Very Young in 1924 and Winnie-The-Pooh in 1926.
Pale blue cloth boards with inlaid colour-pictorial to front panel and gilt lettering. Spine darkened and lightly age grubbing. Wear to edges and ends of spine as expected with an antique book of similar age. Internally very clean with twelve colour plates for each story. Age toning with light foxing. Free from marks and bindings tight and tidy making for a rare, clean copy. In very presentable condition for it’s age. 4to – over 9¾ – 12″ tall. 105 pp.
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