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Fourteen Songs from "When We Were Very Young"

1926 (published)
Place of origin

For voice and piano. Quarter-cloth case binding with paper over boards; paper title label on upper board. 1 score ([2], 34 pages).

Object details

Object type
TitleFourteen Songs from "When We Were Very Young" (published title)
Materials and techniques
Case bound printed book with music printing and line block illustrations.
Brief description
Book, 'Fourteen Songs from When We Were Very Young', A. A. Milne, music by H. Fraser-Simson, illustrations by E.H. Shepard. Published in London by Methuen & Co., Ltd. in conjunction with Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew, Ltd., 1924 (this edition 1926). NAL Pressmark: 864.AA.0443.
Physical description
For voice and piano. Quarter-cloth case binding with paper over boards; paper title label on upper board. 1 score ([2], 34 pages).
  • Paper height: 31.2cm
  • Paper width: 24.7cm
  • Depth: 0.7cm
Gallery label
Music Songbooks featuring Milne’s verses and hums followed soon after the books. Harold Fraser-Simson, a ‘fierce-looking man with a great grey moustache’, was the Milnes’ neighbour in Chelsea. He set the verses to music, first for his family’s private entertainment. The songs include instructions to sing, for example, ‘dreamily’ or ‘buzzingly’. ‘The King’s Breakfast’, as Milne explains in the published score, should be recited ‘on tip-toe’. George Baker made a popular recording of the hums, which featured on the BBC Radio’s Children’s Hour from the 1930s into the 1960s. [Group label Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, featuring this and several other music scores](09/12/2017 - 08/04/2018)
Credit line
Donated by Anne Renier and F.G. Renier
Object history
Donated by Anne Renier and F.G. Renier. Bookplate on upper pastedown reading: "From the Library of Anne Renier and F.G. Renier".
Other number
864.AA.0443 - NAL Pressmark
Library number

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Record createdOctober 28, 2016
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