This charming book is not dated, but is an early reprint of the original 1914 edition. It has eight pages of adverts at rear, listing the Raphael House Library of Gift Books.The book is bound with a brown cloth spine and contrasting grey paper boards with black lettering on spine and black and white lettering on the front and back cover. The front board is decorated with a brightly-coloured pictorial inlay of a cat tailor threading a needle with six other small cat characters from the story depicted in black and white outline around the inlay. The book starts with two black and white drawings, coloured frontispiece, decorative title-page, two more black and white drawings, one of which heads the contents page and then a cat artist sitting in front of an easel heading the list of coloured plates. The text comprises 136 pages with 11 further colour plates plus numerous black and white drawings in text. Slightly bumped and worn at head and tail of spine and very slightly bumped on one corner. There are just a few loose pages but otherwise, in good condition. Overall this is a lovely, bright example of a book all about cats which is very richly illustrated by Louis Wain. The story is about a little boy dreaming about the characters in the rhyme of 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Gentleman, Apothecary, Ploughboy, Thief'. The rhyme is used when counting plum or cherry stones to determine what you will be when you grow up. His cherry stones turned into these characters, but instead of people they were cats, and each one tells his story. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall.
Illustrated by Louis Wain (5 August 1860 – 4 July 1939) was an English artist best known for his drawings, which consistently featured anthropomorphised large-eyed cats and kittens. In his later years he may have suffered from schizophrenia (although this claim is disputed), which, according to some psychiatrists, can be seen in his works.l