Funny Animals; A Picture Book for the Nursery: Comprising 1. The Kitten Cousins 2. Mister Fox. 3. Chit Chat By a Motherly Cat. 4. Story of a Robber Kitten. With Thirty-Two Pages of Illustrations, Printed in Oil Colours.
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London: T. Nelson and Sons, 1868. F (76) pages; title page printed in red; illustrated throughout in colors, with each page printed one side only-evidently this process of colour printing caused some bleed-through to the other side and the publisher avoided having to deal with this by using only one side of the sheet; with humorous verses accompanying each story, mostly about cats and one about a fox, who are often anthropomorphized with human-like expressions as in the later Louis Wain work; the illustrations not credited and neither are the verses; a kind correspondent informs us that they are the work of Comus, the pseudonym of R.M. Ballantyne; occasionally, the illustrations are fairly brutal and straightforward, with the fox and his family chewing up stolen booty-a fat goose and duck, which they bloodily dismember and eat in their den and the cat mother whipping her child (with a cat-o'-nine-tails of course) for stealing cream; each story with its own half-title page; an OCLC search at the time of cataloguing indicates 2 institutionally held copies only; book 7 1/2" x 11" approx. size; bound in the original publisher's gilt-decorated and blindstamped salmon colored pebbled finish cloth; some edge, tips wear-through, soiling to binding; spine cloth very dulled; some soiling, occasional closed tear to contents; binding loosened; illustrations bright and in very good condition, an interesting survival and evidence of an intriguing colour printing process being tried at the time. Good H (Item ID: 18952)


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