The Orange Cat and Other Verses. Pictures by P.A. Staynes. P. A. Staynes, Ffrida Wolfe.
The Orange Cat and Other Verses. Pictures by P.A. Staynes.
The Orange Cat and Other Verses. Pictures by P.A. Staynes.
The Orange Cat and Other Verses. Pictures by P.A. Staynes.
The Orange Cat and Other Verses. Pictures by P.A. Staynes.

The Orange Cat and Other Verses. Pictures by P.A. Staynes.

London: Sidgwick and Jackson, [1910]. First edition. With 16 full-page illustrations, an illustrated title-page, and orange decorative initials. Also includes large head- and tail-pieces for the poems and other in-text illustrations throughout. All illustrations are black-and-white with orange accents. A bit of dampstaining and toning to boards. Rubbed at extremities. Light foxing to endpapers and a bit of toning throughout. Ink inscription on front free endpaper dated November 1910. Overall a very good, clean, and bright copy of a scarcebook. OCLC lists five copies, all in the U.K. Original pictorial boards in orange and green with green cloth spine. Quarto. 44 pp. Item #16692

The Orange Cat is full of elaborate, striking illustrations of fantastical and sometimes grim scenes: rickety houses built atop stone spires (p. 7), miniature people reminiscent of Palmer Cox’s Brownies (p. 8), a bear flying through clouds (p. 34), and “dead” dolls hanging from ropes (p.19).

P.A. Staynes illustrated a beautiful 1912 edition of Gulliver’s Travels for Sidgwick and Jackson. Staynes and Ffrida Wolfe also collaborated on Roundabout Ways, a 1912 collection of illustrated poems on English history.

Price: $250.00

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