Springfield, Massachusetts: McLoughlin Bros., Inc., 1920. Item #03231
A Very Scarce Louis Wain Title
WAIN, Louis, illustrator. Fun and Frolic. A Collection of Modern Stories, Fairy Tales and Verse. Two hundred and fifty six pages. Over one hundred in color. Springfield, Massachusetts: McLoughlin Bros., Inc., [ca. 1920].
First American Edition. Quarto (10 x 8 inches; 256 x 205 mm.). 252 unnumbered pages (256 including covers and inside covers). Title -page illustrated by Louis Wain and eight other illustrations by Louis Wain including one double-page full color, two other color illustrations and five others either tinted or black & white. Numerous other color, tinted and black and white illustrations by various other artists. The other stories in the book include many old favorites (some listed below).
Original quarter brown cloth over color pictorial glazed boards (plain tan rear board). Corners and board edges a little worn, inner hinges cracked. An acceptable copy of a book that we have never seen before.
According to Rodney Dale a book with the same title was published in London by Collins (Dale, 70)
The illustrations by Louis Wain:
1. Cat playing the flute (title-page, black & white)
2. The Dandy Colored Cat (3/4 page , colored)
3. The Dandy Colored Cat (full-page, colored)
4. Daid Puss to Tommy one fine day (full-page, tinted)
5. Tom took a jug of milk… ((full-page, tinted)
7/8. There was an old Pussy who lived in a shoe (double-page, colored)
9. The Rivals (1/2 page, black & white)
A selection from the other stories:
Jumbo Crusoe's Adventures
Little Snowdrop (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
The Enchanted Fawn
The Twelve Brothers
Tales About Elves
Little Red Riding Hood
The Fisherman and his Wife
Dame Tro and her Comical Cat
The Five Little Pigs
McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was a New York publishing firm that pioneered the systematic use of color printing technologies in children's books, particularly between 1858 and 1920. The artistic and commercial roots of the McLoughlin firm were first developed by John McLoughlin, Jr. (1827-1905). The firm's publications served to popularize illustrators including Thomas Nast, William Momberger, Justin H. Howard, Palmer Cox, and Ida Waugh. After John McLoughlin, Jr.'s death in 1905, the McLoughlin firm suffered from the loss of his artistic and commercial leadership. In 1920, McLoughlin Bros., Inc. was sold to Milton Bradley, the Brooklyn factory was closed, and the company was moved to Springfield, Mass. With this sale, McLoughlin Bros. ceased game production, although the publication of picture books continued.