AA Milne signed copy of When We Were Very Young estimated at $12,000

A signed first edition copy of AA Milne's When We Were Very Young (1924) is estimated to make $8,000-12,000 in PBA Galleries' fine books auction in San Francisco on August 28.

The copy, numbered 74 of an edition of 100, is autographed by writer AA Milne and illustrator EH Shepard - who would go on to work together on the bestselling series of books starring Winnie-the-Pooh.

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The book is signed by both AA Milne and EH Shepard

It features the very first appearance of the much loved character in the poem Teddy Bear, where he is referred to as Mr Edward Bear.

In 2012 the first ever illustration of Winnie-the-Pooh, titled "Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump" sold for £139,250 ($224,505) at Sotheby's London.

We have this autographed illustration by EH Shepard for Punch magazine available.

A rare signed copy of JM Barrie's Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens (the 1912 reprint) is valued at $5,000-10,000.

In addition to the author's signature, it also features autographs from the princesses Beatrice and Mary Louise (granddaughters of Queen Victoria) and various others involved in the production of the Peter Plan stage play, which ran at the Adelphi Theatre in London between 1922 and 1923.

It was presented to the winner of a Peter Pan fancy dress competition in 1923.  

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