MILNE, Christopher Robin (1920-1996). Two autograph letters signed ('Christopher Robin Milne' and 'Christopher Robin (and Pooh)', to Geraldine and Pat [Brietzcke], 13 Mallord Street, Chelsea, n.d. [October - November 1927], 2 pages, 8vo ('Milne' in the 1st letter added in the hand of A.A. Milne); the 2nd letter on paper with printed heading and illustrations of The Dormouse and the Doctor, autograph envelope (with printed illustration by E.H. Shepard) addressed to Miss Geraldine Brietzcke in Quebec; and a small photograph showing Christopher Robin climbing into a hollow tree with 'Pooh', black and white, 106 x 80mm, inscribed on verso 'From Christopher Robin to you both'.
Enthusiastic replies to two Canadian fans of Winnie-the-Pooh, 'I do love the photograph of Wols House and the nice long letter', and wishing he could visit Canada 'but I'm afraid it is to [sic] far', and (to Geraldine only), 'I did love your letter ... I have a Pooh House in a walnut tree ... I have thirty one toy animals also I have a Rabbit and Owl and a Wol'.
A.A. Milne's most successful work was published in 1926, and within a year sold 80,000 copies. Christopher Milne, as a small child, appears to have quite enjoyed replying to fan letters and only later to have disliked being so closely identified with the book. The photograph, taken in the garden of Cotchford Farm, is reproduced in The Enchanted Places (1974), where he describes the tree as 'an ancient walnut tree, hollow inside and a great gash in its trunk had opened up to make a door'. It became 'Pooh's House'. (4)