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THE MOUSETRAP

Wain, Louis William (1860 - 1939)
(York, UK, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: c, 1910. Original oil painting on board. Measuring 10.25 x 7.5 inches and SIGNED to the bottom right. A wonderful painting of two kittens standing on a rug watching a mousetrap. Oil paintings by Wain are rare, this being a particularly nice example. This image was reproduced in Patricia Allderidge’s excellent book ‘The Cats Of Louis Wain’, published by Bibliotheque De L'Image, Paris in 2000. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. Bookseller Inventory # 2694

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Leap-frog."

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Book Description: [n.p.]: , 1915., 1915. A Wonderful and Playful Original Louis Wain WatercolorWAIN, Louis (1860-1939). "Leap-frog." [N.p.: n.d., ca. 1915]. Original pen, ink, and watercolor drawing. Signed at lower right. Image size: 13 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches; 340 x 265 mm. Matted, framed, and glazed.A wonderful example of a Louis Wain original watercolor drawing, depicting two cats, a brown tabby cat dressed as a policeman and a black cat with white markings on his face and white paws dressed as a jester and leaning on a cane, playing leap-frog on a sidewalk in front of a barber’s shop, the door reading "Combs./Tonsorial/Artist/Hair Cut. 6d./Shaving. 6d./Wigs." There are three signs in the window behind them: "Mouse/Hair/Wash," "Keep Your/Fur Clean/and Your/Nose Cold," "Never Sit/on your Tail/it Spoils the/Fur." A highly colorful and playful example. Bookseller Inventory # 01145

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Mixed Sweets" [with] Father Tuck's Annual

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Book Description: [N.p.]: , c.1911., 1911. Original Louis Wain Watercolor DrawingWAIN, Louis (1860-1939). "Mixed Sweets." [1911]. Original watercolor drawing of a kitten sitting in a bag of sweets. Signed at lower left. Image size: 9 7/8 x 7 inches; 250 x 178 mm. Matted, framed, and glazed. Framed size: 22 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches; 570 x 470 mm. [with] Father Tuck's Annual. Stories and Poems by Rosa Nouchette Carey, E. Nesbit, Norman Gale, etc., etc. Pictured by Hilda Cowham, Mabel Lucie Attwell, M. & A.L. Bowley. London-Paris-Berlin-New York-Montreal: Raphael Tuck & Sons, [n.d. 1911].First edition of Father Tuck's Annual. Octavo. 255, 10 pp. Eight color plates, including frontispiece. Illustrated in black and white throughout.Publisher's pictorial cloth in gilt. All edges gilt. Beveled edges. Original gift signature dated December 24, 1911 to verso of front free endpaper.A wonderful early example of a Louis Wain original watercolor drawing, first appearing in Father Tuck's Annual opposite page 248.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). Bookseller Inventory # 00270

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Flying A Kite

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Book Description: : , ca 1900., 1900. Wain Cats Fly KiteWAIN, Louis. "Flying A Kite." An original watercolor and gouache drawing, c. 1900-1905.Signed at lower right. Matted, glazed and framed. Approximate image measurement: 14 1/2 x 19 1/2 in; 370 x 505 mm. Framed: 25 1/2 x 29 3/4 in; 660 x 755 mm. A colorful, charming and amusing depiction of a "father" cat flying a kite with the help of his three kittens.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).A wonderful early example of a Louis Wain original watercolor drawing. I. Bookseller Inventory # 02319

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CAT FISHING

Wain, Louis William (1860 - 1939)
(York, UK, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: c, 1910. Gouache and watercolour on paper. The image measures 8.5 x 11 inches and is SIGNED by Wain to the bottom corner. A black cat in sporting attire, including a red tartan cap and breeches, sits on a stool at the riverside, holding a fishing rod. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. Bookseller Inventory # 2740

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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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Who's Afraid of a Big Black Stag-Beetle?

WAIN, LOUIS].
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Book Description: (London c. 1900), 1900. A framed, matted original painting by Louis Wain, signed by the artist in the lower left corner. This whimsical watercolor illustration depicts three wide-eyed cats standing upright, backed against a wall, with their mouths open in surprise. The cats are distancing themselves from a large, black stag-beetle crawling across the floor. A gallery label on the reverse is the source for the title of the painting. Louis Wain is best known for his anthropomorphic, often humorous illustrations of cats, which he first created around 1880 in order to amuse his wife while she was ill with cancer. Frame measures 14 by 17 inches; mat opening is 5 3/4 by 9 1/4. Silver frame is slightly rubbed, else a very fine example of Wain's characteristic art. Bookseller Inventory # 24017

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Days in Catland

LoUIS WAIN
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Book Description: Raphael Tuck, London. Book Condition: Fine. Louis Wain (illustrator). 1st. Large 4to. nd (1912) you will not find this beautifull panorama in finer condition the cats and chromo pages are i think as bright as 1912 1 am certain it has never been used as the paper covering the slots to fit cats in are still intact the 14 catfigures are fine no repairs please contact me if interested. Bookseller Inventory # 001921

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DAYS IN CATLAND: FATHER TUCK'S PANORAMA

WAIN,LOUIS
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Book Description: WAIN,LOUIS. DAYS IN CATLAND. FATHER TUCK'S PANORAMA. London: RaphaelTuck no date, ca 1900. Large 4to 12 x 10 1/2" opening to 4 times that size. Small repair on blank part of rear cover else near fine and COMPLETE WITH ALL 14 PAPER FIGURES! (2 figures strengthened on versos). Featuring 4 panels, each showing the interior of a different room in the cats' house with Wains humanized cats and furniture illustrated with chromolithographs. Throughout the panels, there are 14 numbered slots into which the reader inserts the corresponding figure to complete the scene. There are 14 fabulous color cat cut-outs by Wain showing this family of cats playing, eating, cooking, fighting etc., plus there is an amazing chromolithographed cover. Rarely found complete. A truly wonderful item. (See Haining:Moveable Books p. 86-87 for other in series). Not in Necker. Bookseller Inventory # 12102

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A TRIP TO CATLAND WITH LOUIS WAIN

WAIN, Louis.
(Oxford, United Kingdom)
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Book Description: London Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd. No. 1915, 7161. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION (1915), Father Tuck's "Holiday" series, oblong 4to, approximately 240 x 335 mm, 9¼ x 13 inches, 18 pages including insides of covers, on 6 of these pages is a fantastic full page full coloured illustration of 3 very large kittens, all quite different, the other 12 pages in black and white with one colour such as green or red, all show cats or kittens, some dressed. At the top of each page is a title for the image and below 4 lines of descriptive verse by Grace C. Floyd. Bound in the original publisher's cloth backed thick shiny card covers, 3 large kittens on each cover, different on upper and lower, black and white and marching forwards on hind legs with large red bows as collars on upper cover, lower cover repeats 1 of the 6 coloured plate, the 3 red Meistersingers in large striped bows. Respined neatly in grey cloth, corners slightly worn, tiny chip to surface paper on lower cover at upper edge and at fore-edge, small pale damp stain to lower margin of lower cover, another very small next to spine on lower cover, pages just very slightly darkened at edges, otherwise contents very clean. A very good copy of a scarce delightul Wain kitten book, not in Dale or Necker. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. Bookseller Inventory # 12826

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DAYS IN CATLAND Panorama with movable figures.

WAIN, LOUIS.
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Book Description: London Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd circa, 1910. Father Tuck's Panorama series, Tuck No. 8595. FIRST EDITION circa 1901-1910, dated from the V. & A. description of their copy. Glazed card covers, wonderful extra colour illustration to upper cover of 5 excited cats in a theatre box viewing the show. 4 panel panorama, each panel 273 x 305 mm, 10¾ x 12 inches, with 4 different coloured scenes and a total of 14 slots. 14 die cut coloured card figures of dressed cats and kittens, some in groups, were contained in pocket on lower cover, numbered 1-14. These can be slotted into the panels to make different scenes. The scenes:(a) at Bedtime, (b) helping Mother in the kitchen, (3) at the Cat's Tea Party, and (4) in the school room. 5 line drawings of cats by Wain on 2 of the reverse panels with the poem Days in Catland by Arthur Burnaby. All figures present in excellent condition. Hinges and flap to pocket expertly restored, lower cover (plain with printed 'Directions') rather dusty. A very good plus copy. In Dale (1991) Ellery Y. Wood dates this item circa 1912. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. Bookseller Inventory # 13610

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ORIGINAL PAINTING "GOLFING CAT"

Wain, Louis William
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Book Description: c, 1910. Ink and watercolour, on paper mounted on card. Measuring 8.5 x 6 inches. Signed bottom right. A wonderful head and shoulders image of a winking, bow tie wearing cat with cigar in mouth and golf clubs over his shoulder. Further details and images for any of the items listed are available on request. Lucius Books welcomes direct contact with our customers. Bookseller Inventory # 7434

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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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Pa Cats Ma Cats and Their Kittens

Louis Wain
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Book Description: Raphael Tuck & Son Ltd, London, 1901. Book Condition: Very Good. Cloth back pictorial boards, with 11 chromo-litho illustrations inc, one double page, some very minor wear to page edges, The plates are full colour and an excellent example of Louis Wains wonderful cat drawings A Truly stunning Book. Bookseller Inventory # 009596

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DADDY CAT

WAIN,LOUIS
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Book Description: WAIN,LOUIS. DADDY CAT. NY: Dodge, [1925]. 8vo, cloth backed boards, pictorial paste-on, slight edgewear, else fine. A charming cat book showing the daily life of a Daddy Cat. Illustrated with 32 rich full page color illustrations plus a few illus. in line and pictorial endpapers. A beautiful copy of a scarce Wain book. Bookseller Inventory # 27586

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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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THREE LITTLE KITTENS and ( CAT STRUWWELPETER or FIDGETY PHIL ).

WAIN, Louis. Rare unrecorded panorama.
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Book Description: London Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd. No. 970 circa, 1910. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. FIRST EDITION circa 1910, 6 panel panorama of thick board pages hinged with red cloth, colour printed both sides, a separate story on each side, both illustrated by Wain, brief caption below each picture, all dressed kittens, page size 235 x 180 mm, 9¼ x 7 inches. LACKING COVER BOARD PAGE WITH TITLES (i.e. 5 of 6 panels only). The images for Three Little Kittens were re-used in a painting book issued about the same time by Tuck with the No. 4063. The story on the reverse of the panorama is a cats version of 5 Struwwelpeter stories: Fidgety Philip on the floor under the table cloth and the tea things; the three kittens inked by Agrippa cat for mocking the Blackamoor; John who never looked where he was going and almost drowned in a stream; a version of the Huntsman where a hare with a rifle shoots at 2 cats, 1 sitting on the well; finally, a kitten disobeys his mother and sucks his thumb but with no nasty consequences. A Louis Wain cat version of Struwwelpeter was published by Tuck circa 1905 entitled Fidgety Phil and Other Tales, in the Little Pets series, with 16 pages including covers and with verses by Norman Gale. Hinges slightly worn with some small splits, a few very minor marks to some pages and some hinges, small closed tear to surface paper at edge of 1 image (we have found our mittens), neatly repaired with no loss, barely visible. A good defective copy of a rare book (lacking 1 board page). Neither the Three Little Kitten Painting Book nor our Panorama, nor Fidgety Phil are listed in the bibliography in the reissue of the Dale book on Wain. The painting book is not uncommon but we could not find a record of our panorama. Fidgety Phil is listed in Baumgartner Volume 1, page 24, No.29 and 1 copy is recorded in Liverpool University Library and 1 in Toronto Public Library but not in the Osborne catalogue. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST. Bookseller Inventory # 12824

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Two Cats At Large A Book Of Surprises

Louis Wain
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Book Description: George Routledge, 1111. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fair. Marked And Grubby Boards. Binding Has Come Away From Front Cover But Is Still Intact To Rear Boards. Illustrations Intact And Clean And Unmarked. Shipped Daily In Secure Packaging By Professional Booksellers. Bookseller Inventory # 1453100

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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. 4to. 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 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 025408

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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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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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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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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. 4to Landscape (approx. 30 x 27cm). 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". 4to Landscape (approx. 30 x 27cm). Bookseller Inventory # 010198

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Father Tuck's Post Card Painting Book

WAIN, Louis |
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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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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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Cats At Play

WAIN, Louis | RACKHAM, Arthur | SMITH, H. Officer | GLADWIN, May |
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Book Description: London: John F. Shaw and Co.,, c.1903., 1903. Unrecorded EditionWith an Unrecorded Drawing by Arthur RackhamWAIN, Louis. RACKHAM, Arthur. SMITH, H. Officer. GLADWIN, May, et al. Cats At Play. London: John F. Shaw, n.d. [c. 1900-1904]. First edition, 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.Publisher's quarter decorated cloth over full-color glazed pictorial boards, corners a little worn. A few illustrations hand-colored by a child. Closed tear to bottom edge of page. 17. Otherwise a very good copy. Early ink presentation dated "Christmas 1905" on front paste-down.This title was later issued by Blackie & Son, 1917, and Alexandria Publications, c. 1920, in what appear to be abridged editions; the Blackie & Son edition collates to only twelve pages.Anytime an unrecorded book illustration by Arthur Rackham comes to light, it's news. And the news could not be better. Buried within this book, unheralded, on page forty, is a black and white text illustration of four chickens in various states of distress as they observe, in high dudgeon and with no little annoyance, a cat within their food bucket chowing down the chicken feed - the nerve! And at the lower left of the bucket, as small as can be, are Rackham's initials as typically drawn. Latimore and Haskell, and Riall make no mention of this illustration in their Rackham bibliographies, and the Arthur Rackham Society was ignorant of it when we inquired.At the time of this book's approximate publication, Rackham had already had work published, mostly under his name with credit on the title page, providing single or multiple illustrations for, amongst others, To the Other Side (1893); Isis Very Much Unveiled (1894); The Dolly Dialogues (1894); The Zankiwank (1896); The Money Spinner (1896); Two Old Ladies (1897); Captain Castle (1897); Through a Glass Lightly (1897); Charles O'Malley (1897); The Castle Inn (1898); Evelina (1898); The Ingoldsby Legends (1898); Gulliver's Travels (1900); Faithful Friends (1901); More Tales From the Stumps (1902); The Grey House on the Hill (1903); The Greek Heroes (1903); Red Pottage (1904); and The Peradventures of Private Pagett (1904). That he would accept a commission to provide a single text line drawing to this book with no more credit than his microscopic initials should not come as a surprise. Rackham was hustling for work wherever he could find it; good reviews and regular exposure were not enough to keep him fully employed with money in his pocket. And none of the other illustrators here received credit beyond their initials or full signatures to their contributions. And so we have a previously unknown Rackham during his transitional period, when his fairies and goblins were emerging but had not yet fully vanquished the simple, pay-the-bills work of his early years.Cf. Dale 34 and 35, in Dale, Louis Wain. The Man Who Drew Cats, p. 137. Bookseller Inventory # 02471

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Cats at School

WAIN, Louis | WOODHOUSE, S. C. |
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Book Description: London: George Routledge & Sons, Limited, 1911., 1911. Rare Cats Meow the Three "R"sWAIN, Louis. WOODHOUSE, S. C. Cats at School. Illustrated in 21 Coloured Plates by Louis Wain. With Verses by S. C. Woodhouse, M.A. (Oxon). London: George Routledge & Sons, Limited, n.d. [1911]. First edition. Tall octavo. [2], 4-23, [1, blank] pp. With twenty full-page color plates, including frontispiece. Quarter green cloth over color pictorial, heavy-card stock boards. Some soiling to boards, upper corners creased. Otherwise, an excellent copy. No copies have come to auction within the last thirty-six years. OCLC/KVK record only three copies in library holdings worldwide.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).Wood 36. Dale, p. 76. Bookseller Inventory # 01797

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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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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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