London: Blackie and Son Limited, n.d. . First edition. Publisher's full color hand-sewn pictorial wrappers. Some creasing, wear and light chipping at edges and spine tail. Twelve pages with one to two captioned scenes in color, inner covers illustrated in black and white. A very good copy of a book that would normally have been destroyed by child.
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 34. (Item #3823)