Two Old Ladies Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat: The Surprising Adventures of Tuppy and Tue
Maggie Browne and Arthur Rackham (illustrator)
Cassell and Company, Limited
London, Paris & Melbourne
First Edition, first printing, 1897
Hardcover, 7.25 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
190 numbered pages followed by publisher’s 16 page catalog dated “6G-10.97”, Color frontispiece and 3 color plates, 19 black and white illustrations in the text
Binding information: It was issued in three bindings: blue, red or green cloth. Latimore & Haskell pp. 9-10; Riall p. 21.
"These same sheets were used for the 1904 edition...The use of the 1897 sheets in the 1904 edition may explain the comparative scarcity of the 1897 book" (Riall).
Book Significance: "May Be Regarded as the First Genuine 'Rackham'"
"…Some of Rackham's early books are a joy to handle, especially those which were reprints of stories and illustrations from magazines. In this category come the Two Old Ladies and the Zankiwank, and it is hard to say which of these may be regarded as the first genuine 'Rackham'. In some respects, the Two Old Ladies, Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat of 1897 may be taken as the earliest book in a style which we would not recognize as being Rackham's. The frontispiece, from which the beautiful gold blocking of the binding is derived, we have already noted as the earliest example of Rackham in full color, and the quality of line within the book shows his work maturing both in sense of style and feeling for composition" (Gettings, p. 99).
Boards rubbed. Large pictorial gilt block on front board is slightly dulled. Spine is sunned. Titles to spine are gilt and dulled. Joints rubbed, front has small separation at center. Ends of spine frayed. Corners bumped. Head gilt. Patterned endpapers toned. Tissue guard at frontispiece missing. Pages lightly toned, clean, and unmarked. Binding cracked and exposed at a handful of places: pages 16/17 48/49, 64/64, 80/81, 96/97. Pages all intact and secure.
Two Old Ladies Two Foolish Fairies and a Tom Cat: The Surprising Adventures of T
Place of Publication: London, Paris & Melbourne
Year Printed: 1897
Subject: Illustrated; Children's