Louis Wain's Favorite Nursery RhymesWAIN, Louis. Mother Goose in Catland by Louis Wain. London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., . First edition. Small quarto (9 11/16 x 7 1/4 inches; 246 x 183 mm.).  pp. Full-color frontispiece. Title-page and each text leaf with black, red and white illustrations. Original pictorial wrappers with an additional full-color illustration laid down on front cover and "Little Miss Muffet" in black and red printed on the rear cover. Some minor wear to edges of wrappers and spine, neat early ink inscription on verso of frontispiece. An excellent copy of a very fragile Louis Wain title.We have never seen this title before.The nursery rhymes include: Little Bo-Peep; Little Miss Muffet; Little Jack Horner; Jack and Jill; Where are you going to?; Girls and Boys; Bell-Horses, Bell-Horses; Multiplication is Vexation; Old King Cole; Handy Spandy; Mother Goose; Simple Simon and Little Boy Blue.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?although 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 # 03028
Title: Mother Goose in Catland
Publisher: London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., 1910
Edition: 1st Edition
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