New York: Dodge Publishing Co. [printed in Scotland at the Villafield Press, Glasgow], . Wain, Louis. First Edition. Hardcover. First (and only) printing, this the US imprint, octavo size,  pp., with rare dust jacket. Near fine / good. Item #CNJWEM033
English artist Louis Wain (1860-1939) presents a whimsical alphabet, with each letter represented by one of his trademark anthropomorphic cats; the cats live in a rich, vibrant world and display playful personalities amidst their alphabetised actions. According to H. G. Wells, "[Wain] has made the cat his own. He invented a cat style, a cat society, a whole cat world. English cats that do not look and live like Louis Wain cats are ashamed of themselves" (n. b., quote from Wikipedia).
For this alphabet book, Wain creates twenty-five colour illustrations (one for each letter, except for "A", which is in black and white) and an additional six colour illustrations of some local characters, with captions for each image written in verse.
This New York imprint is scarce in the marketplace; of the four other copies of this title online as of this writing, all four have the London imprint, and none of them have the dust jacket, which is here, complete, albeit with some chips (see details below). OCLC locates only four copies of this US printing (Columbia, Fresno State, Tulane University, and University of Washington).
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter olive cloth with grey cloth boards, orange lettering and colour illustration inset on the front board, light brown endpapers with line drawings in grey, frontispiece a full-colour illustration by Louis Wain, title page with line drawing in black by Wain, thirty-one full-page colour illustrations by Wain throughout; octavo size (9.75" by 7"), 36 unnumbered pages. In the quite scarce orange paper dust jacket with orange lettering and colour illustration paste-down on the front panel; the dust jacket is unclipped but there is no price (it is possible it was printed at the tail of the spine).
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; light stain to the top of the rear board, some rubbing to head and tail of the spine and corners, corners are gently bumped, some toning to the endpapers, gutter between pages with letters "I" and "J" is lightly cracked, and a few spots of light foxing to the margins of a few pages. The dust jacket is good, unclipped, clean with bright colours, with overall edge wear, a few stray marks to the front panel, chipping to the corners, top edge, and head and tail of the spine, with loss to the tail of the spine (possibly where the price had been printed), and the front recto and spine have sunned to an orange-brown.
___CITATION: OCLC no. 68964870; not in Baumgarten.
___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs; please inquire for details.
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