London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, n.d. . First edition. Publisher's pictorial olive green cloth, front cover decorated in red and gray. A bit of minor rubbing to extremities, otherwise a fantastic copy. Companion to the Tuck book of the same title issued in the same year. Quarto (10 1/4 x 7 3/8 in; 262 x 190 mm). 72 pages. Full-color frontispiece (In Catland and what Happens there). Illustrated throughout in mono-color and black & white. Neat gift inscription dated "Xmas 1909."
Father Tuck's Golden Gift Series No. 805, similar to Father Tuck's Golden Gift Series No. 817 with same title yet with sufficient differences in illustration, text length (72 pages. versus 48 pages) and variations, and binding to warrant them being separate editions.
To Nurseryland with Louis Wain; Serve them Right; Kittens from France; When Signor Thomas Warbles; Jack and the Beanstalk; The Bow-Wow Band; The Easy Cat and the Uneasy Cat; Cinderella; Seeing the World; The Kitten and the Goldfish; Robinson Crusoe; A Rough Day; A Strange Tail; The Cat's Quartette; Jack and Jill; The Holiday Catastrophe; Over the Garden Wall; The New Babies; "Let Dogs Delight"; Mamma the Mender; All Work, No Play; The Cats' Cricket Match; Her Mother's Pride; Boo-hoo1 Boo-hoo! What Shall I Do?; The Sleeping Beauty; "A Shilling a yard, did you say?; The New Arrival; Little Miss Muffet; The Tabbies' Tennis Party; Three Little Cats; The Breakfast; The Birthday Cat's Dream; Wonderful, isn't it; Puppies at the Pantomime; The Changed Cats; A Clever Cat; Little Dog [and] Mr.
The mono-color illustrations: The King of the Castle; Over the Garden Wall; The Author; "Please give me a Penny…"; "How Tiresome it is…"; A Lively Catch; Three Little Kits, They go for a Ride; A Dip in the Sea; A Sudden Shower; A Riding We Will Go; When the Milkman isn't using his Pails for the Milk…; In Trouble; Going to School; Simple Simon; The Portrait Painter; A Merry Load;
At the end of the last century, Louis Wain (1860-1939), the Edwardian cat artist, 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).
His publisher, Raphael Tuck (1821-1900), from Germany, came to London in 1870 and "saw the opportunity to move into the children's book market with volumes of high pictorial quality and outstanding production...Tuck's books were colourful and imaginative, catered for young and old alike, and covered topics ranging from ancient myths to contemporary events...On his retirement in 1882 he handed the business over to his three sons who continued producing work of the highest quality" (Haining). (Item #3808)