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Such Fun with Louis Wain
1930. first edition. Such Fun"[WAIN, Louis, illustrator]. Such Fun with Louis Wain. Stories written by Norman Gale, Grace C. Ffloyd & others. Edited by Capt. Edric Vredenburg. London: Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd., [n.d. but not after 1923]. First edition. Quarto (10 1/16 x 7 11/16 inches; 256 x 195 mm.). [94] pp. (plus 1 page of adverts on verso of rear free-end-paper]. Pictorial title-page printed in orange and black, two full-color plates, thirty-five monocolor illustrations in green, red and orange as well as numerous black and white line drawings.Publishers quarter red cloth over brown and cream pictorial boards. Front cover with a fine Louis Wain color illustration (not in the book), lower cover with an unidentified color illustration. Spine lettered in black. Neat ink inscription on front free end-paper dated "Xmas 1923". Minute rubbing to corners, otherwise a near fine copy. The two color plates are titled: Kittie's Concert and Tommy on his travelsThe stories include: The Holiday Home; A Terrible Enemy; Another Terrible Enemy; Scratch and his Patch; The Mischievious Manikin; Deceitful Elizabeth; Jake; Naughty Tim-Cat; A nasty Tumble; A Strange Habit; The Kittens who went to School; The Circus Cats; The Kitten and the Goldfish; The Portrait Painter; The Cat's Quartette; THree Littel Kits, they go for a ride; Wonderful, isn't it?; Puppies at the Pantomime; Going to School; A Rough Day; A Sudden Shower; Three Little Cats; The King of the Castle; Seeing the World; A Lively Catch; A Holiday Catastrophe; Cinderella; The New Babies; In Trouble; Jack and Jill; Let Dogs Delight; A Dip in the Sea; A Strange Tail; A Riding We Will Go; The Bow-Wow Band; When Signor Thomas Warbles; Over the Garden Wall; The New Arrival; The Breakfast; Simple Simon; Mamma the Mender; The Author; The Cat's Cricket Match; and The MilkmanAt the end of the nineteenth 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).
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