London: S.W. Partridge & Co., Ltd.,, 1910. Item #03145
With Six Illustrations by Louis Wain
[WAIN, Louis, illustrator]. [Neilson, Harry B., illustrator]. [Various Artists]. Once Upon A Time! By the Editor of "The Children's Friend." London: S.W. Partridge & Co., Ltd., [n.d. ca. 1910].
First edition. Large quarto (10 3/16 x 7 11/16 inches; 259 x 195 mm.). Pictorial title-page printed in blue, 92 unnumbered pages and six full page color plates. Numerous other mono-color and black & white illustrations throughout the text including six by Louis Wain.
Original red cloth over color pictorial front board and advertisement on rear board, advertisements on endpapers. Corners and board edges a little worn. Ink inscription on verso of color frontispiece dated Xmas 1910.
A good copy of a very scarce book, in fact the first time that we have ever seen this title.
The Louis Wain illustrations:
How Pride Betrays. (three 0ne-third page, printed in brown)
When the Cook's Away. (full-page, printed in blue)
Tubbing the Kitties. (one-third page, printed in green)
"You Naughty Kitties!" (full-page, printed in green)
The color plates:
1. Looking for Santa Claus (Harry B. Neilson)
2. Waiting for Mother (Helen Grace Culverwell Marsh)
3. A Runaway Team (unsigned)
4. The Chasers Chased (unsigned)
5. Going to School (Helen Grace Culverwell Marsh)
6. Just in Time (unsigned)
7. Out of the Frying Pan (J. Mac Wilson)
The other illustrators:
Thos. C. Smith
Helen Grace Culverwell Marsh