Once Upon a Time!
London: S.W. Partridge & Co., Lrd. [n.d. c. 1910].
London: S.W. Partridge & Co., Lrd. [n.d. c. 1910]. First edition. Original red cloth over color pictorial front board and advertisement on rear board, advertisements on endpapers. Corners and board edges a little worn. Large quarto (10 3/16 x 7 11/16 inches; 259 x 195 mm.). Pictorial title-page printed in blue, 92 unnumbered pages and six full page color plates. Numerous other mono-color and black & white illustrations throughout the text including six by Louis Wain. Ink inscription on verso of color frontispiece dated Xmas 1910. A good copy of a very scarce book, in fact the first time that we have ever seen this title.
The Louis Wain illustrations in this delicate book include the following:
How Pride Betrays. (three 0ne-third page, printed in brown) When the Cook's Away. (full-page, printed in blue)
Tubbing the Kitties. (one-third page, printed in green) "You Naughty Kitties!" (full-page, printed in green) (Item #3818)