"FUZZY HAD A BURNING WISH TO BAIT A HOOK AND CATCH A FISH": FIRST EDITION OF LOUIS WAIN'S KITS AND CATS, 1930
WAIN, Louis. Kits and Cats. London, Paris, and New York: Raphael Tuck & Sons, . Folio (8 by 15-1/4 inches), original pictorial paper boards. $1800.
First edition of this collection of short rhyming stories about cats, all featuring Louis Wain's popular cat illustrations in text, also with a double-page color illustration of cats at play.
Wain made his reputation as an illustrator of cats, with his cat-related books occupying several columns in the British Museum Catalogue. "His original treatment of cats, which he usually depicted as human beings in comical situations, quickly took the public fancy and by the 'nineties his name had become a household word" (DNB). Wain spent the end of his life in a mental institution, suffering from a type of schizophrenia that many believe to have been caused by toxoplasmosis—a parasitic disease passed to humans by cats. Despite his illness, he never stopped drawing and he remains one of Britain's most beloved animal illustrators. Part of Father Tuck's "Hurrah" Series. Tiny bookseller ticket.
A few faint areas of soiling to interior, several tape repairs to bright original boards, minor rubbing to extremities. An extremely good copy of a scarce work.