London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., 1903. Item #04375
A Wonderful and Very Colorful Louis Wain Alphabet
WAIN, Louis. The Catland ABC. Father Tucks "Holiday" Series No. 6569. London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., .
First [only] edition. Folio (13 18 x 9 5/8 inches; 333 x 245 mm.). 18 unnumbered pages including paste-downs. Six full page color lithographs, numerous drawings in orange, black and white on the other ten leaves. Small expert marginal repair to top corner of pp. 14/15, otherwise near fine.
Publisher's color pictorial glazed boards with later red cloth spine, the covers with two additional full color illustrations.
Minimal wear to extremities, still a near fine copy of this very scarce Louis Wain ABC.
This is the first time that we have seen this title. The illustrations, especially the full-color ones are very detailed and highly amusing.
Very scarce with OCLC locating no copies in libraries and institutions worldwide.
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).