Cats in Books: A Celebration of Cat Illustration through the Ages

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How many children cut their literary teeth on the clever vanishings of Macavity, the Mystery Cat (“Macavity’s not there!”)—all the while unknowingly repeating the rhymes of T. S. Eliot—one of the twentieth century’s most distinguished poet-critics? What about the other feline phenomena from the literary canon—Edward Gorey’s playful illustrations of cats from all walks of life (which revealed Gorey’s own predilection for these gentle beasts: he usually had at least six living with him at any given time), Sir John ...

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How many children cut their literary teeth on the clever vanishings of Macavity, the Mystery Cat (“Macavity’s not there!”)—all the while unknowingly repeating the rhymes of T. S. Eliot—one of the twentieth century’s most distinguished poet-critics? What about the other feline phenomena from the literary canon—Edward Gorey’s playful illustrations of cats from all walks of life (which revealed Gorey’s own predilection for these gentle beasts: he usually had at least six living with him at any given time), Sir John Tenniel’s beloved rendering of Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire Cat, the charmed creatures of Kathleen Hale’s Orlando, the works of Beatrix Potter, and yes, even Edward Lear’s nineteenth-century Foss? 
 
From Ancient Egypt onward, cat illustrators have endeavored to capture the character and charm of this notoriously elusive animal. Among the better-known artists whose work is reproduced and this engagingly representative volume are Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Arthur Rackham, and Aubrey Beardsley. Lavishly illustrated with some of the finest renderings of cats throughout the ages, Cats in Books covers not just the ironically familiar felines of modern literature, but also lesser known cats from works like the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Lutrell Psalter, and The Book of Kells. The perfect gift for the cat fancier and bibliophile alike, this volume and its delightful depictions of cats throughout the ages will fascinate readers who share a passion for all things involving the Felis Catus—or simply the longstanding relationship between the books in our hands and the charming creatures curled up on our laps.
 

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Rodney Dale is a lifelong cat lover and the author of over thirty volumes, including the first biography of cat illustrator Louis Wain (1860–1939).

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Table of Contents

Introduction

The Lindisfarne Gospels

The Book of Kells

Psalter and Bestiary

Leonardo da Vinci

Caxton's Aesop

Adam & Eve

Histories

Witches' Cats

Dick Whittington & His Cat

The Cat and the Mice

Le Chat D'angora

British Quadrupeds

Grandville's La Fontaine

Historic Animals

Puss in Boots

The White Cat

Struwwelpeter

Harrison Weir

Dame Trot

The Cheshire Cat

Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussycat

Victorian children's illustrations

The House that Jack Built

Louis Wain

Henriette Ronner

The Black Cat

The Cat that Walked by Himself

Tom Kitten and the Roly-Poly Pudding

Cecil Aldin

Harry Whittier Freese

Krazy Kat

Orlando, The Marmalade Cat

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

The Cat in the Hat

Searle's Big Fat Cats

The Church Mice

Kliban and Davis

Picture Sources

Index

Acknowledgements

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