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WINNIE THE POOH AND PIGLET IN COLOUR 67. SHEPARD, Ernest Howard ORIGINAL DRAWING OF WINNIE THE POOH AND PIGLET In an autograph letter from Shepard to his literary agent. 29 Feb [19]32. Letter paper, embossed with Shepard’s Long Meadow ad - dress, backed onto card, 161 x 124mm. The main body of the

AN EXCEPTIONALLY WELL-PRESERVED COPY 68. NESBIT, E. FIVE CHILDREN AND IT Unwin, 1902. First edition, first issue. A near fine copy, cloth uncommonly bright and fresh, with just a little wear. Contents very clean and crisp. Nesbit’s fantasy tale about five children and their encounters with Psammead, the sand fairy. £1,750

card shows a drawing in ink and wash of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet cheering, surrounded by the text of the letter, addressed to Shepard’s literary agent, Albert Curtis Brown. An exceptional, very early colour drawing of Winnie the Pooh. Pooh had remained resolutely mono - chrome since appearing before his adoring public in 1926 and despite a fleeting glimpse in colour on the jacket of The Christopher Robin Story Book and some promotional material for the magazine, Home Chat, in 1928 the first published illustrations of Winnie the Pooh in colour where not scheduled un- til September 1932 and the publi - cation of The Christopher Robin Verses, which included twelve new colour plates. It seems likely that Shepard’s letter is to thank his agent for successfully negotiating his fee to produce these colour il - lustrations, appropriately celebrat- ed by Pooh and Piglet in colour. £50,000


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