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Louis Wain Album of Original Hand Drawn Illustrations and Paintings

Louis Wain
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Book Description: Louis Wain, UK, 1896. Signed. Here is a wonderful original collection of drawings and paintings from the family of Louis Wain. This album dates to 1896 and the very earliest part Louis Wain's career. This Louis Wain family collection of original drawings comprises of a wonderful collection of 18 original watercolours, drawings and sketches, many accompanied by verses from the family and close associates of Louis Wain. Also included is a most beautiful large original pencil illustration by LOUIS WAIN of a cat. PLEASE REQUEST FURTHER IMAGES O VIEW THIS ALBUM OF ORIGINAL ART WORK THOROUGHLY. Further illustrations include an original watercolour of faires by Louis Wain' sister, Felice Wain. A truly spectacular collection from the Louis Wain family. 1896. A quality collection of original hand illustrations and verse from perhaps the most famous illustrator of this period. ORIGINAL DRAWINGS ILLUSTRATIONS HAND DRAWN ORIGINAL LOUIS WAIN CAT and 18 watercolours, illustrations, drawings, sketches, water colour fairies including his sister Felice Wain. Authenticated by London auction house Bloomsbury Auctions and also accompanied by a full insurance certificate to the value of £15,000. Approx Size of album: 185 x 235 mm. Original 1800s embossed cloth album with rubbing to extremities, though overall excellent condition and superb quality contents. A world class investment. All serious enquires considered. Louis Wain (5 August 1860 - 4 July 1939) was an English artist best known for his drawings, which consistently featured anthropomorphised large-eyed cats and kittens. In his later years he suffered from schizophrenia, which, according to some psychologists, can be seen in his works. H. G. Wells said of him, "He has made the cat his own. He invented a cat style, a cat society, a whole cat world. English cats that do not look and live like Louis Wain cats are ashamed of themselves." Louis Wain original work is now highly collectible. Here we we have a superb collection with 100% original authenticity. In 1886, Louis Wain's first drawing of anthropomorphised cats was published in the Christmas issue of the Illustrated London News, titled A Kittens' Christmas Party. Louis Wain's illustrations showed cats playing musical instruments, serving tea, playing cards, fishing, smoking, and enjoying a night at the opera. Such anthropomorphic portrayals of animals were very popular in Victorian England, and were often found in prints, on greeting cards and in satirical illustrations such as those of John Tenniel. Louis Wain was involved with several animal charities, including the Governing Council of Our Dumb Friends League, the Society for the Protection of Cats, and the Anti-Vivisection Society. Louis Wain travelled to New York in 1907, where he drew some comic strips, such as Cats About Town and Grimalkin, for Hearst newspapers. His work was widely admired, although his critical attitude toward the city made him the subject of sniping in the press. Without question one of the greatest artist who ever lived, here is a wonderful selection of original Louis Wain illustrations from himself and his family. Original Paintings and Illustrations. Privately Printed. Bookseller Inventory # 002265

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Cats at Play

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Book Description: London: Blackie and Son Limited, [1917]., 1917. Flying Fur, Caterwauling. and Cats on the BandstandWAIN, Louis. Cats at Play. London: Blackie and Son Limited, n.d. [1917]. First edition. Folio (13 1/8 x 10 1/8 in; 334 x 258 mm). Twelve pages with one to two captioned scenes in color, inner covers illustrated in black and white. Publisher's full color staple-bound pictorial wrappers. Oxidation at staples, light wear at edges and spine head, third gathering loose at two staples (of three). An excellent copy of a book that would normally have been destroyed by child.A particularly difficult Wain title to find in any condition; here, in this condition, a miracle.We have never seen another copy of this book in over 45 years 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)."From 1883, Wain began to draw cats as they had never been drawn before, cats in humorous guises, in human situations, but always beautifully handled although he was sometimes forced to draw dogs before he became well-known!" (Houfe, The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914).Dale 34.Footnote: Not to be confused with another book of the same title [WAIN, Louis. RACKHAM, Arthur. SMITH, H. Officer. GLADWIN, May, et al. Cats At Play. London: John F. Shaw, n.d. [c. 1900-1904]. This edition is unrecorded and scarce, with no copies in institutional holdings worldwide, and not noted in the Wain or Rackham bibliographies. Small quarto (9 5/8 x 7 1/8 in; 245 x 180 mm). 160 pp., with advertising as endpapers. Illustrated throughout in black and white and color, with fifteen drawings by Louis Wain, and an unrecorded text drawing by Arthur Rackham (so initialed) on page 40. (see DB 02471). Bookseller Inventory # 02771

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PETER; A CAT O' ONE TAIL. HIS LIFE AND ADVENTURES

Morley, Charles
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Book Description: Pall Mall Gazette, London, 1892. Original Pictorial Cloth. Book Condition: Near Fine. Wain, Louis (illustrator). First Edition. 4to - 7-3/4" x 10-1/4". (Wain, Louis) illus. PETER; A CAT O' ONE TAIL. HIS LIFE AND ADVENTURES. Illustrated by Louis Wain (Peter's Proprietor). Written by Charles Morley (A Pal of Peter's). London: Pall Mall Gazette, 1892. First edition. 4to - 7-3/4" x 10-1/4". TEG. Original pink cloth binding, pictorially blocked in black and lettered in red. Binding is unevenly faded but extremely clean with almost no signs of handling or wear. Eighty-eight pages, illustrated throughout by Louis Wain in his early, pre-anthropomophic style. Peter, a large black and white cat, was Louis and wife Emily Wain's family pet. Louis Wain wrote of Peter, "To him properly belongs the foundation of my career, the developments of my initial efforts, and the establishing of my work." Peter can be recognized in many of Wain's early published works. Internally, the book is in fine condition with minor foxing to the endpapers being the only condition issue of note. The condition of this book is NEAR FINE. Extremely scarce in the deluxe cloth binding. Bookseller Inventory # 000038

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Book of Drawings, A

WAIN, Louis] | THOMSON, Hugh |
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Book Description: London: Privately Printed for Mr. & Mrs. F.T. Davies, 1891., 1891. "A Night in Town" - Probably Louis Wain's Very First Published 'Cat Caricature'[WAIN, Louis, artist]. [DOBSON, Austin, contributor]. A Book of Drawings. By A. Bryan, L. Davis, A.T. Elwes, Harry Furniss, J. Jellicoe, Louise Jopling, J.B. Partridge, Jo. Pennell, R.H. Moor, H. Railton, Hugh Thomson, L. Wain, C. Wilkinson & W. Wilson: with a prefatory poem by Austin Dobson. London: Privately Printed for Mr. & Mrs. F.T. Davies, [1891]. One of a hundred large paper copies on hand-made paper, signed by F.T.W. Davies, the plates individually signed by the illustrators. 43, [1 imprint] pp. Folio (12 7/8 x 10 3/8 inches; 326 x 263 mm.). Original thin white vellum over parchment wrappers. Front cover decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. A near fine copy.The two Louis Wain drawings, each of which is signed by Wain in pencil are: "A Night in Town" and [A Single Cat].From studying the 209 entries in Rodney Dale's A List of Books Illustrated by Louis Wain, it would appear that A Book of Drawings (Dale 20, 1891) was only preceded by Madame Tabby's Establishment (Dale 141, 1886) and Dreams by French Firesides (Dale 56, 1890). We believe that the drawing "A Night in Town" is most probably the very first published Louis Wain 'multi-cat caricature'.Extremely rare - OCLC lists just two copies in libraries worldwide: Yale University Library, CT., and R. G. Menzies Library, ANU, Canberra."Mr. and Mrs. Davies, who are well known for their unsparing efforts on behalf of the poor of St. Pancras, have issued a book of drawings with the same charitable intentions as have been displayed in their concerts. For this purpose they have secured the services of several well-known artists, who have contributed, each with his own especial style, and the result is a recherché book of pictures not often seen. The title-page is by Herbert Horne, and Mr. Austin Dobson furnishes a prefatory poem; the artists who have sent their charitable mites are W. Wilson, H. Railton, J. Jellicoe, A.T. Elwes, Louise Jopling, Joseph Pennell, H. Furniss, C. Wilkinson, A. Bryan, R.H. Moore, J.B. Partridge, Lucien Davis, Hugh Thomson, Louis Wain, and Selwyn Image, who sends a tail-piece. Anyone wishing to make a Christmas or New Year's Gift will help on the good work Mr. and Mrs. Davies are doing by sending for a book. A special large paper edition, limited to 100 copies, printed on hand-made paper, with India proofs of the drawings, and bound in parchment, will also be issued from Wilsford House, 16 Fitzroy-street, London, W., or may be obtained through Mr. Tregaskis." (The British Bookmaker. Volume V. 1891-92)."Until 1890, Louis Wain had made little or no attempt to portray cats as anything other than fluffy animals which, though they slept between sheets, or wrote letters with quill pens, were otherwise recognisably feline. The 'Louis Wain cat' had not yet been born. But in 1890, he began to explore the possibility of the comic cat; cats drawn in human situations - or humans drawn as cats, which amount to the same thing. He insisted that he did not caricature cats, but drew them as he saw them, though his approach makes it clear that he generally saw them as humans. Naturally, then, he studied humans when drawing cats. ' If I want a mild, irresponsible caricature, a grinning cat, then I have to let loose my nature impressions and let myself go on my own account, and it is astonishing what variety one can get in this way, and how one's moods vary from day to day. I have done as many as one hundred and fifty laughing cats at a time, no two being alike. ' There is another way of sketching cats, and this way I often resort to. I take a sketch-book to a restaurant or other public place, and draw the people in their different positions as cats, getting as near to their human characteristics as possible. This gives me double nature, and these studies I think my best humorous work.' The foundations of this approach were laid in 1890. That Christmas, there appeared in Holly Leaves and. I. Bookseller Inventory # 02895

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Frolics in Fairyland

Floyd, Grace; Wain, Louis
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Book Description: Tuck, London, 1905. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Illustrated by Louis Wain. Folio, stiff pictorial card covers, spine and hinges neatly strengthened and neat corner repairs, really clean, bright and very good + condition. A fabulous Wain book wherein 12 favorite fairy tale characters re portrayed by his cats. Featuring 12 full page color plates plus color covers. Incredible. Bookseller Inventory # 1312022

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Book Description: Nister & Co, 1900. 1st edition. (12)pp per book. Large 24mo. 8.3 x 9.3cm ( books ) ,9 x 10 cm ( box ). 4 colour plates per book + illustrations in text.Publisher's cream card covers, red & green cloth spines, colour lettering + illustration on front, blank to rear. Original white eps. Box Has colour plate stuck down on front with red lettering 3 children playing in the snow. Covers : tiny scuff to edge of 1st book else very clean & unrubbed with sharp corners. Box : foxed else very clean & complete with sharp corners. Contents : small fox spot in one book else very clean & tight. Bright attractive copies in complete box. F/VG books & box. Bookseller Inventory # 53799

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COMICAL CUSTOMERS At the New Stores of Comical Rhymes and Stories

Bingham, Clifton
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Book Description: Ernest Nister, London, 1896. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Beatrix Potter, Louis Wain, W. Foster et al (illustrator). First Edition. no date but 1896; unpaginated but pp. 48; mounted colour (chromolithographic) frontispiece plate; numerous b&w illustrations, many by Louis Wain and including Beatrix Potter's illustrations on 3 pages to Clifton Bingham's verse "A Frog He Would a Fishing Go"; original patterned end papers. Olive-green backed pictorial boards, the front printed in multiple coloures; some rubbing to edges and lightly marked; corners more worn with boards exposed. Contents good, no inscriptions, a little finger soiling, mostly to fore-edges of first pages, paper lightly toned, hinges lightly worn but binding remains strong. A very good copy. She had been working with the publishers Ernest Nister and in May 1894 she decided to approach them with the idea of making her story into a booklet. After lengthy negotiations the publishers purchased nine of the drawings but chose to include them accompanied by someone else's verse in Comical Customers at the New Stores of Comical Rhymes and Stories published circa 1895 and in this holiday annual. References: Linder pp. 175-178 Size: 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 025408

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Original Artwork] 'By Accident'

Wain, Louis
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Book Description: No Place. Book Condition: Good+. Wain, Louis (illustrator). First Edition. 'By Accident' - 320mm x 280mm (frame size), original pen, ink and watercolour on paper laid onto board, mounted and framed. Couple of brown stripes to image (from glue?), otherwise quite bright and clean. Signed by illustrator to foot of image, typical cat scene from Wain. Signed by Illustrator. Original Artwork. Bookseller Inventory # 000264

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Original Artwork] 'I Had an Eye Opener'

Wain, Louis
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Book Description: No Place. Book Condition: Good+. Wain, Louis (illustrator). First Edition. 'I Had an Eye Opener', 310mm x 280mm (frame size). Pen, ink, watercolour and pencil on paper laid on board, mounted and framed. Brown mark to centre of image, otherwise quite bright and clean. Signed by illustrator to foot of image, typical cat scene from Wain. Signed by Illustrator. Original Artwork. Bookseller Inventory # 000265

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DAYS IN CATLAND with Louis Wain (Father Tuck's Panorama)

Burnaby, Arthur
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Book Description: Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd., London, 1900. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No dust Jacket. Wain, Louis (illustrator). First Edition. No date, C.1900-1910, first edition (and presumably only edition), 4 chromolithographed plates in concertina form that fold out to create a large panorama with 14 numbered card figures of cats, and corresponding numbered slits in the panorama to insert the cat figures. On the reverse of the panorama is a b/w story rhyme with b/w illustrations also by Loius Wain. Publisher's chromolithographed covers, with pocket in the rear panel to house the cat figures. A very good bright copy. Covers slightly worn around edges, folding joints expertly and inconspicuously reinforced with conservator's linen. Full complement of 14 figures all complete and bright wih minimal wear, the odd one with minimal repair to the reverse. Small part of rear pocket flap replaced. A very good to fine copy of this rare Louis Wain "toy book". Size: 4to Landscape (approx. 30 x 27cm). Bookseller Inventory # 010198

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With Louis Wain to Fairyland

Chesson, Nora / illustrated by Louis Wain
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Book Description: Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd. [1904], London - Paris - New York, 1904. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Louis Wain (illustrator). First edition. Fabulous large format original Louis Wain fairy book containing 12 full page colour illustrations and black and white line illustrations on all of the other pages. Contains classic fairy tales - Beauty and the Beast, Jack and the Beanstalk, Robinson Crusoe, Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty and so on. Paper covered illustrated boards [front and rear] over red cloth backstrip. 335x250 mm. 36pp. Corners / edges worn. Scuffing / scratching to boards. Professionally rebound, retaining the original backstrip and end papers and with the gutta percha reset and although holding overall it is delicate and a few of the pages have come loose. This is a problem with the manufacture of this book, mainly due to the poor early wood pulp paper quality which is now tanned and chipped around some of the edges, and just has to be accepted as I feel that too much restoration would detract. The quality and brilliance of the large colour illustrations is quite superb in this hard to find and quite rare Louis Wain edition. Bookseller Inventory # 0001003

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Father Tuck's Post Card Painting Book

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Book Description: London - Paris - New York: Raphael Tuck & Sons. Ltd., 1903., 1903. Scarcely Found Complete and CleanWAIN, Louis. Father Tuck's Post Card Painting Book. London - Paris - New York: Raphael Tuck & Sons. Ltd., n.d. [1903]. First edition, Artistic Series No. 2530. Quarto (10 1/2 x 8 in; 266 x 202 mm). Sixteen leaves (including inside covers) comprised of eight leaves with four full color, gum arabic-heightened illustrations each and eight uncolored perforated leaves with matching illustrations to rectos as post cards with printed mailing info to versos. Designed at the Tuck Studios in London and printed at the Fine Art Works in Germany.Pictorial glossy wrappers in full color. Complete with all post cards present and uncolored; thus scarce. Unusually clean, and with just a tiny chip to lower right corner of front wrapper and a crossed out ink inscription dated 1904 on inside front wrapper. An excellent copy.Classic Wain cats (and dogs!) at play and suitable for coloring and mailing.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)."From 1883, Wain began to draw cats as they had never been drawn before, cats in humorous guises, in human situations, but always beautifully handled [a]lthough he was sometimes forced to draw dogs before he became well-known!" (Houfe, The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914).Publisher Raphael Tuck (1821-1900), from Germany, came to London in 1870 and shortly established himself as a fine art publisher. ".he 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" (Haining, Moveable Books, pp. 36-37), who continued the firm's tradition of children's books of the highest quality.Dale 61. Bookseller Inventory # 02505

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THE CAT SCOUTS

Pope, Jessie
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Book Description: Blackie and Son Limited, London, 1912. Cloth Backed Boards. Book Condition: Near Fine. Wain, Louis (illustrator). First Edition. 4to - 7-1/16" x 9-15/16". (Wain, Louis) illustrator. THE CAT SCOUTS with verses and tales by Jessie Pope. London: Blackie and Son Limited, [1912]. First edition. 4to - 7-1/16" x 9-15/16". Light green cloth backed buff colored course cloth boards with a full color pictorial paste label of a very clean copy of the book. Very minor corner wear and the minutest signs of handling for what is really about as nice a copy of this title that one ever finds. [32]pp. Illustrated endpapers and wonderful, full color illustrations by Louis Wain throughout. We have both full page and in text illustrations of amazing Louis Wain drawings of these cats as they train for and become the cat version of Boy Scouts. The book is bright and clean throughout with a neatly written gift inscription dated Feb. 16, 1919 on the front endpaper. Louis Wain was a unique talent and this is a fine example of him at his very best. Fun and highly enjoyable. The condition of this book is NEAR FINE. Rare. Bookseller Inventory # 000092

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The Catland Express

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Book Description: London: Raphel Tuck and Sons, n.d. [c. 1910]., 1910. All Aboard The Wain Train!WAIN, Louis. The Catland Express. London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., n.d. [c. 1910]. Father Tuck's "Wonderland" series no. 9252. Oblong quarto (8 1/2 x 10 3/4 in; 216 x 272 mm). [14] pp., including inside covers. Color illustrations to each page, including six full-color, the remainder in two-color (red and black). Pictorial color wrappers. An attractive copy of a rare Wain title, very scarce in untouched and mildly worn condition, as here. One of the most attractive Louis Wain color plate books that we have seen.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)."From 1883, Wain began to draw cats as they had never been drawn before, cats in humorous guises, in human situations, but always beautifully handled [a]lthough he was sometimes forced to draw dogs before he became well-known!" (Houfe, The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914).Not in Dale. Bookseller Inventory # 02474

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Two Cats At Large

WAIN, Louis | WOODHOUSE, S.C. |
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Book Description: London: George Routledge & Sons. Ltd, n.d. [1910]., 1910. Strange-Looking CatsMeet Strange-Looking MonstersWAIN, Louis. WOODHOUSE, S.C. (text). Two Cats At Large. A Book of Surprises. With Verses by S.C. Woodhouse. London: George Routledge & Sons Ltd, n.d. [1910]. First edition. Quarto (10 1/8 x 8 1/4 in; 258 x 212 mm). Twenty-four verso-only leaves with twenty large full color illustrations by Louis Wain. Publisher's quarter red cloth over full color pictorial boards. Small closed tears to bottom edge of leaves 19 and 22, small tears to half title at staples, boards a little soiled, and scuffed at edges. Otherwise a very good copy of this extremely scarce Wain title.One of the more colorful Wain titles, very scarce, with OCLC recording only three copies in institutional holdings worldwide."The Hogarth of cat life" (Frank Burnand, Punch)."In 1910, Routledge published Two Cats at Large, a 'book of surprises, by Louis Wain, with verses by S.C. Woodhouse.' Two kittens, Albert and Tom, meet various strange-looking monsters on their travels, including the Gollifrog, the Grabberchox and the Salleyinouralleygator. There are some very strange-looking cats in this book as well" (Dale, p. 76).Dale 204. Bookseller Inventory # 02824

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Pa Cats, Ma Cats and their Kittens

Wain, Louis
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Book Description: Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd. [1902], London - Paris - New York, 1902. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Louis Wain (illustrator). First edition. Fabulous large format original Louis Wain fairy book containing 11 full page colour illustrations, one of which is a double page [see photo] and black and white line illustrations on all of the other pages. Not a story book as such, more a selection of humorous poems and ditties to describe the illustrations. Paper covered illustrated boards [front and rear] over red cloth backstrip. 335x250 mm. 36pp. Corners / edges worn. Scuffing / scratching to boards, chipping to paper overlay at board edges, remnants of handwriting to top of upper board. The paper is lifting from the bottom quarter of the lower board. Professionally rebound, retaining the original backstrip and end papers and with the gutta percha reset. Poor quality early wood pulp paper which is now tanned and heavily chipped page edges. The quality and brilliance of the large colour illustrations is quite superb in this hard to find and quite rare Louis Wain edition. Bookseller Inventory # 0001004

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Funny Frolics.

WAIN, Louis (illustrator).
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Book Description: London: John F. Shaw & Co, Ltd, [c. 1903], 1903. Octavo. Original red cloth-backed drab card wrappers, front cover with chromolithograph and titles and border in black, title page printed in red and black and with illustration by Frank M. Williamson. Title inscribed in pencil to backstrip, wrappers lightly rubbed and with a few minor creases and nicks. An excellent copy. Tipped-in chromolithographic frontispiece and 3 other colour images, illustrations in the text in black and white. A scarce title in an even scarcer edition. OCLC records two copies published in 1903 by a different publisher, Ernest Nister, but shows no record of this particular imprint, nor do Horne and Peppin & Micklethwait. This edition was published at the peak of Wain's carreer, in the early twentieth century, when he was producing a staggering 600 drawings of his famous anthropomorphic cats a year, a feat which eventually drove him to madness. Not in Delulio & Ross; Horne p. 429–32; Peppin & Micklethwait pp. 311–2. Bookseller Inventory # 92433

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Picture Pages For Little Folks of All Ages

WAIN, Louis | [WEATHERLY, Fred E.] | BINGHAM, Clifton |
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Book Description: London / New York: Ernest Nister / E.P. Dutton, 1894., 1894. With An Early Unrecorded Illustration By Louis Wain[WAIN, Louis, illustrator]. [WEATHERLY, Fred E. and Clifton Bingham, text]. Picture Pages For Little Folks of All Ages. London / New York: Ernest Nister / E.P. Dutton, [1894]. First edition. Large quarto (12 x 9 5/8 in;,303 x 242 mm). [36] pp. Chromolithograph and black and white illustrations throughout. Printed in Bavaria.Quarter blue cloth over chromolithographed pictorial glazed boards. Neat gift inscription dated 1895. A stunning copy with only the slightest hint of wear at corners.Page 10 contains a chromolithograph ("Mr. Milkman") that while unsigned (see below) is clearly by Louis Wain at an early stage of his career and is thus far unrecorded. While others illustrated cats (and imitated Wain) no one's cats were quite like Wain's cats, who invariably possess an unmistakable, slightly insane gleam in their eyes.Ernest Nister (1842-1909) "produced more than five hundred mostly undated illustrated books for children, but from the 1890s the firm's production was almost exclusively toy or movable books and Nister introduced many new mechanical techniques The illustrations in Nister's books—typically featuring affluent, well- dressed, cheerful children at play—were produced by many different artists. The artist's name, however, was often either dropped or missing, while the signature of Nister, as lithographer, was usually found somewhere on the work—thus leading to confusion about attribution. Nister frequently reused illustrations, occasionally adding picture elements that were not in the original work." (The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature).At the end of the nineteenth 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)."From 1883, Wain began to draw cats as they had never been drawn before, cats in humorous guises, in human situations, but always beautifully handled [a]lthough he was sometimes forced to draw dogs before he became well-known!" (Houfe, The Dictionary of British Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914)."The Hogarth of cat life" (Punch).Not in Dale. Bookseller Inventory # 02501

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Frolics in Catland

WAIN, Louis | GALE, Norman (text) |
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Book Description: London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., 1905., 1905. Onward, For Kitten and CountryFurry Fun For AllWAIN, Louis. Frolics in Catland. Father Tuck's "Travels in Fairyland" No. 9071. London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., n.d. [c. 1905?]. First edition. Oblong quarto (8 5/8 x 10 3/4 in; 218 x 272 mm). [26] pp. With eight full-page and numerous color text illustrations. Verses by Norman Gale.Quarter red cloth over pictorial paper boards. Illustrated endpapers. Child's neat signature to ownership page. Fore-edge of first leaf neatly strengthened with tissue. Some edge and corner wear, slight toning to endpapers, still an excellent copy.At the end of the nineteenth 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)."From 1883, Wain began to draw cats as they had never been drawn before, cats in humorous guises, in human situations, but always beautifully handled [a]lthough he was sometimes forced to draw dogs before he became well-known!" (Houfe, The Dictionary of British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists 1800-1914).Not in Dale. Unrecorded by Wood.Contents: Conrad's Croquet; The Plucky Cricketer; [Two Cats Playing Tennis]; The Winner; [Two Cats Playing Golf]; Dairy Down Golf Club; Amelia Mlik; Augustus Purd; Tramping Ted; [Two Cats Rowing a Boat]; Camilla Clott; [Two Cats Picking Flowers]; Wooden Bricks; The Poor Bugler; [Two Cat Brass Band]; Jake; [Two Musical Cats]; Pippina Joy; Signor Whiskerando Kat; Velvina Fox; Devoted Dandy; {Two Cats Singing a Comical Duet]; Tomto; [Two Members of the Famous Band] and Fernand. Bookseller Inventory # 01795

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PETER; A CAT O' ONE TAIL. HIS LIFE AND ADVENTURES.

Morley, Charles
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Book Description: Pall Mall Gazette, London, 1892. Pictorial Paper Wrappers. Book Condition: Very Good. Wain, Louis (illustrator). First Edition. 4to 7-3/16" x 9-11/16". (Wain, Louis) illus. PETER; A CAT O' ONE TAIL. HIS LIFE AND ADVENTURES. Illustrated by Louis Wain (Peter's Proprietor). Written by Charles Morley (A Pal of Peter's). London: Pall Mall Gazette, 1892. First edition. 4to - 7-3/16" x 9-11/16". Orange-colored pictorial paper wrappers with mild soiling and two short closed tears, one approximately 3/8" in length and one approximately 5/8" in length. Eighty-eight pages plus ten pages of advertisements, illustrated throughout by Louis Wain in his early, pre-anthropomophic style. Peter, a large black and white cat, was Louis and wife Emily Wain's family pet. Louis Wain wrote of Peter, "To him properly belongs the foundation of my career, the developments of my initial efforts, and the establishing of my work." Peter can be recognized in many of Wain's early published works. Internally, the book is in very good condition with scattered finger marks and areas of light soiling. There are also several pages with what appear to be a spot of damp staining on the extreme outside edge of the text block. The largest of these stains measure approximately 1/4" x 1/2" The condition of this book is VERY GOOD. Rare. Bookseller Inventory # 000039

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Two Cats at Large. A Book of Surprises

Wain, Louis [illus.]; Woodhouse, S C
Bookseller: Barter Books Ltd
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Book Description: George Routledge & Sons Ltd [1910], London, 1910. First Edition. 270mm x 210mm (11" x 8"). 24pp + plates. 20 colour plates. G : in Good condition without dust jacket. Cover with some corner wear and soiling to upper board. Several pages with minor tears on lower edge with no impact on text or illustrations. Some finger marking otherwise contents bright Illustrated hardback board cover. Bookseller Inventory # e5523

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DAYS IN CATLAND

Burnaby, Arthur
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Book Description: Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd, 1912. Softcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. Wain, Louis (illustrator). First edition. 1st 1912. Good condition. A Father Tuck's Panorama. Oblong format. 4 plates in concertina form that fold out to create a large panorama with 14 numbered card figures of cats, and corresponding numbered slits in the panorama to insert the cat figures. On the reverse is a rhyme by Arthur Burnaby with b/w illustrations also by Wain. Concertina folds worn leading to two pages being detached and last page fold fragile but holding. Edges rubbed. All figures present and in place. Light page bronwing. Colour illustrations and figures nice and bright. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 627756

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Peter a Cat o' One Tail : His Life and Adventures

Morley, Charles
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Book Description: Pall Mall Gazette Office, London, 1892. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Good. Wain, Louis (illustrator). First Edition. 4to. Generally clean internally with odd light thumbmarks to margins. Transfer of a butterfly to dedication page which has faintly inpinged to opposite page. Boards show some grubbiness and bumping to corners and spine shows darkening and shelfwear to ends - 88 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 052346

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SUCH FUN

WAIN, Louis
(Henley on Thames, OXO, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: Raphael Tuck c, 1915. First edition. 4to. Red cloth spine and paper covered boards with colour illustrations on both covers. A very good copy indeed of this super book, very minor rubs to the edges, otherwise unusually nice condition. 96 pages of verse and illustrations, including 2 full page colour plates and all the others pages with drawings in 2 colours. Bookseller Inventory # 23833

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PETER A CAT O' ONE TAIL

Morley, Charles
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Book Description: Pall Mall Gazette, 1892. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Wain, Louis (illustrator). First edition. 1st 1892. Almost very good condition with no wrapper. Large format. Pale blue pictorial cloth. A story based on Louis Wain's beloved cat Peter. Delightful b/w illustrations throughout, but not in Wain's usual anthropomorphic style - these are real cats! 88 pages. Spine browned, covers grubby. Corners worn. Small bookplate and inscription in red ink to front pastedown. Front endpaper missing. Rear endpaper torn with no loss. A few faint margin marks else contents clean and bright. A nice copy of this early Wain title. [S]. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 577486

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Tinker, Tailor

Vredenburg, Edric - Illustrated By Louis Wain
(Lytham St. Annes, Lancs., -, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd, London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Montreal. Decorative Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Louis Wain (illustrator). First Edition. [1914] Contains 12 strongly coloured plates and black and white wood-cuts on the majority of the text pages. The book starts with the telling of the tinker, tailor nursery rhyme and then each of the subsequent chapters tells a story about one of the professions named in the rhyme. The profuse illustrations are really Wain at his best and it is good to have so many colour plates in one volume. Cloth backed brown boards, there are small black and white vignettes of the cats 'professions' to the upper board, together with a colour illustration paste down. Black lettering to the backstrip. Illustrated front and rear end papers. 136 pp plus 4 pages of adverts for other Tuck books [the last being Mabel Lucie Attwell's Alice in Wonderland, published in 1910]. Corners worn; top/tail of backstrip bumped. The binding has been re-set, retaining all original papers etc. Internally there is the occasional finger mark. The outer edge of the white border of two plates is quite grubby, one with two short closed tears, protected on the reverse with archival tape, and one with creases and pale blue pencil marks on the reverse. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 000808

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THE CAT SCOUTS

Pope, Jessie
(Tintern, Monmouthshire, MON, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: Blackie & Son Ltd., 1912. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Wain, Louis (illustrator). First edition. 1st 1912. Very good condition with no wrapper. Green boards with cloth spine and pictorial onlay to front. Pictorial endpapers. Glorious colour illustrations of cat scouts throughout. Verses and stories by Jessie Pope. Spine bumped, corners worn. Faint colouring to one picture on front endpaper. A few grubby spots to contents but generally bright and clean. A super Louis Wain item for cat lovers. [S]. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 581722

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LOUIS WAIN'S CATS AND DOGS

LOUIS WAIN
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Book Description: UK. Raphael Tuck. Hardback, First edition. neat inscription dated 1903, but published 1902 I believe, Linen Edition, 10 inches wide by 13 and a half inches. board edges / corners slight rubs, a lovely book, colour front cover, 4 black and white illustrations including the title page, 24 pages full colour pages , this includes 2 double paged illustrations. page edges red. staples a bit rusty at centre pages. a fantastic book, VG condition. Bookseller Inventory # 29598

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Peter a Cat O' One Tail his Life and Adventures

Morley Charles
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Book Description: Pall Mall Gazette Office, London, 1892. Louis Wain (illustrator). First Edition. Hardback. Small 4to. A very good copy in light blue cloth lettered in black and with an illustration of an ill Peter on the upper board by Louis Wain. Top edge gilt. Gift inscription dated Christmas 1891 on the front end-paper. 88 pages. Numerous small or smallish illustrations throughout. Peter was Louis Wain's own cat and the author, Charles Morley, is described as "a pal of Peter's." Photographs available on request. Bookseller Inventory # 19981

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THE STORY OF TABBYKIN TOWN IN SCHOOL AND AT PLAY

Kittycat,
(Tintern, Monmouthshire, MON, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: C.W. Faulkner & Co. Ltd., 1920. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Wain, Louis (illustrator). First edition. 1st 1920. Very good condition. 'Kittycat' is a Pseudonym for Louis Wain. Tall, slim format. Beige paper covers with colour pictorial onlay to front. 12 pages. Thirteen illustrations to the text including five colour. Staple binding as issued. Minor foxing to covers. Contents lightly marked by fingering. Closed tears at lower stapled edge of pages, expertly and invisibly repaired. A nice copy of a scarce Louis Wain item. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 821396

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