Winnie-the-Pooh is magical, timeless, philosophical (just see the marvellous book, Pooh and the Philosophers, a horror to be out of print!), and essential to all our lives. I have owned many editions of Edward Bear's adventures, but this the best. It is a replica of the first editions that were released in the late 1920s, with the original line drawings (no colour, and gorgeous) by the brilliant E.H. Shepard. They are a perfect size, and each volume is a sturdy powerhouse, featuring sewn-binding, fantastic paper, and bound in real cloth. Add to that the gold foil embossing on the cloth (not the glitter, no, no, this stays on, and is durable), and the matt-finish, strong cardboard slipcase, it will last for years, and is a joy to behold.
The originals looked remarkably similar to this, only with a few differences: When We Were Very Young was more pink in colour, and they were all bound in sumptuous morocco (goatskin) with raised bands on the spines. However, along with those goats, comes an $8,000 price-tag. We love Pooh, and it is not that he isn't worth all that money, it's just that we can have almost the same thing, without the smell of soaked basements and seaweed, for a small fraction of the cost.
This is the best set, and one to be enjoyed for many, many years. Why is that important? It is important because we want Silly Old Bear with us, our families and our friends, for many, many years.
"Tigger is all right, really," said Piglet lazily. "Of course he is," said Christopher Robin. "Everybody is, really," said Pooh. "That's what I think," said Pooh. "But I don't suppose I'm right," he said. "Of course you are," said Christopher Robin.
This set is all right. Thank you, Egmont, for being faithful to Pooh and his friends.
P.S. Of course, if you do want colour illustrations, the single, large hardback by Egmont (featuring the same materials and quality as this set, and a slipcase!) is perfect: Winnie-the-Pooh - The Complete Collection of Stories and Poems
Finally, if you still want the colour illustrations, but in four volumes, and in a more manageable size (similar to this set above), Egmont's other offering suits your needs!: Winnie-the-Pooh Collection