New York: McLoughlin Brothers, 1905. First edition. New Chimney Corner series No. 37 1/2. Full color glazed pictorial wrappers. Black and white illustrations throughout including ten full-page by Louis Wain (of which two are signed), and a title-page vignette by Palmer Cox. Transparent tape repairs to spine and the fore-edge to a few leaves. Pale gift inscription to upper wrapper. A scarce and attractive survivor to children's enthusiastic hands. Unrecorded by Dale.
At the end of the last 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). Here, alongside illustrations from Palmer Cox, who also specialized in Scottish fairytales and rhymes. (Item #3802)