Title: The Enchanted Places
Author: Christopher Milne
Illustrator: E.H. Shepard
Year: 1975 (First Edition)
Publisher: Readers Union Limited
Remarks: 1st Readers Union edition; inscribed
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Good
Description: "Millions of readers throughout the world have grown up with the stories and verse of A.A. Milne about his son Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and the other toy animals. What was it like to be the small boy about whom they were written – with the long hair, the smock and the Wellington boots? At the age of 54 Christopher Milne looks back and comes to terms with Christopher Robin, the child who never grows old, who always followed him about, and who has often made his life a misery. For as he grew older and he and his prep school contemporaries began to put away childish things, he became increasingly aware of his burden and of his desire to escape from Christopher Robin. The book is about the life of the real Christopher Robin. It is therefore about the background of the poems and stories – the animals, the woods and river – and shows how much the real world and the fictional word corresponded."
Illustrated with 8 plates featuring b&w photographs of the young Christopher Milne (including one in which the 'real' Pooh bear is visible); E.H. Shepard's line drawings, plus a photograph and cartoon of A.A. Milne – the latter by Spy. Each chapter is headed with a small, b&w drawing of a clump of birch trees by Shepard.
Green cloth boards with gilded text to spine. Corners and tail of spine lightly bumped. Jacket is worn and scuffed along extremities Small, closed tears at head of spine and rear cover. Spine discoloured from exposure to sunlight. Previous owner's name very neatly inscribed in blue ballpoint on front pastedown. Apart from a light hint of tanning, the pages are in excellent overall condition: unmarked, free from foxing, and very tightly bound.
There is an erratum on p. 85, where the text is misaligned: I fell down.
Measures 21.5 cm × 13.5 cm (8.6″ × 5.4″). 8vo. 169 pp.