London: Blackie and Son Limited, [n.d. c. 1914]. First edition. Original quarter red cloth over tan cloth boards, front cover with full-color illustration (taken from the color illustration on page 13) pasted-on, pictorial gray end-papers. Quarto (9 5/8 x 6 3/4 inches; 245 x 172 mm.). 36 pages. Color pictorial title-page and thirty-four full-page color illustrations. A spectacular copy. Very scarce, especially in this condition.
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).
Dale, 50. (Item #3822)