London: George Routledge & Sons, Limited, . First edition. Quarter green cloth over color pictorial, heavy-card stock boards. Some soiling to boards, upper corners creased. Tall octavo. Collating , 4-23, [1, blank]. With twenty full-page color plates, including frontispiece. In all an excellent copy.
At the end of the nineteenth century, Louis Wain (1860-1939), the Edwardian cat artist who went mad, became a household name as an illustrator of cats, whom he depicted in all sorts of activities, from skating and playing cricket to driving motor cars, attending dances, and playing musical instruments. “He invented a cat style, a cat society, a whole cat world. English cats that do not look like Louis Wain cats are ashamed of themselves” (H.G. Wells).
Wood 36. Dale, p. 76. (Item #3801)