London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., 1909. Item #02772
"Cats and Dogs, Puppies and Kittens"
The Man With Cats in the Belfry
Takes Asylum in Nursery Land
WAIN, Louis. To Nursery Land with Louis Wain. Edited by Edric Vrendenburg. Profusely Illustrated in Colour and Black and White. With Verses by Clifton Bingham, S.K. Cowan, etc. etc. London-Paris-Berlin-New York-Montreal: Raphael Tuck & Sons, n.d. .
Second, enlarged edition, the companion to the Tuck book of the same title issued in the same year. Large quarto (10 1/4 x 7 3/8 in; 262 x 190 mm). 48, [1, adv.], [1 , blank] pp. Full-color frontispiece (Tommy on his Travels). Text on every page. Sixteen pages printed in two colors (green and black, red and black, orange and black).
Publisher's red cloth backed color pictorial boards. Neat gift inscription dated "Xmas 1923." A bit of minor rubbing to extremities, otherwise an internally crisp, clean, and fine copy.
Father Tuck's Golden Gift Series No. 817, similar to Father Tuck's Golden Gift Series No. 805 with same title yet with sufficient differences in illustration, text length (48 pp. versus 72 pp.) and variations, and binding to warrant them being separate editions.
"Cats and dogs, puppies and kittens of all sorts and sizes, with amusing letterpress in prose and verse" (advertisement on rear free endpaper).
The Kitten and the Goldfish; The Cats' Quartette; Wonderful, isn't it; Puppies at the Pantomime; A Rough Day; Three Little Cats; "It couldn't hurt anybody to swim on dry land…; Seeing the World; A Holiday Catastrophe; Cinderella; The New Babies; Jack and Jill; "Let Dogs Delight"; A Strange Tail; The Bow-Wow Band; Little Dog [and] Mr. Rover; When Signor Thomas Warbles; The New Arrival; The Breakfast; Mamma the Mender; The Cats' Cricket Match.
The two-color illustrations: Said Mrs,. Puss "The Pram is Full…"; The Portrait Painter; Three Little Kits, Going to School; A Sudden Shower; The King of the Castle; A Lively Catch; "How Tiresome it is of Cook…; In Trouble; A Dip in the Sea; A Riding We Will Go; "Please give me a Penny…"; Over the Garden Wall; Simple Simon; The Author; When the Milkman isn't using his Pails for the Milk…
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).
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.
Wood, Wain, 202.