London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., [n.d. ca. 1910]. Original color pictorial wrappers. Small quarto (9 1/16 x 7 inches: 230 x 177 mm.). 20 pp (including wrappers). Four full-page illustrations in full color with duplicate brown line drawings opposite, designed to be hand colored by the owner (the second drawing already expertly colored). A very fine example of a fragile rarity.
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, Wain gives children the opportunity to color his cats for themselves.
Father Tuck's Little Artists' Series No. 4063. (Item #3821)