London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd, 1912. Item #04705
An Eye-Popping Cat Pop-Up Book
WAIN, Louis. Days in Catland with Louis Wain. Father Tuck's Panorama No. 8595. London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd, n.d. [ca.1912].
First edition. Oblong quarto (10 5/8 x 11 15/16 inches; 271 x 304 mm.). Four full-color lithographed panels forming a panorama with fourteen color lithographed slot-in figures (depicting twenty-seven cats).
Front panel with full-color lithographed image of "Five cats in a Theater Box". Hinges and pouch-flap (to store the fourteen figures on lower panel expertly strengthened. Minimal rubbing to extremities.
The four panels form a panorama, each panel depicts the interior of a different room in the cats' house with humanized cats and furniture. The panels have fourteen numbered slots into which the reader inserts the corresponding figure(s) to complete the scene. There are fourteen wonderful color cat cut-outs (actually twenty-seven cats) by Louis Wain showing this family of cats at "At Bath-time and Bed-time"; "Helping Mother in the Kitchen"; "The Cat's Tea Party"; and "In the School Room". The fourteen color cut-outs are in remarkably fine condition.
An excellent copy that appears to have been hardly ever played with. Housed in a felt-lined half black and red morocco over gray cloth clamshell case, spine with five raised bands, ruled and lettered in gilt in compartments.