The Elegance of the Cat: An Illustrated History

The Elegance of the Cat: An Illustrated History

by Tamsin Pickeral, Astrid Harrisson
     
 

They were worshipped as gods by the ancient Egyptians, and down through the centuries they've been admired and kept as pets by cultures all over the world. Enigmatic, aloof, and independent, cats remain to this day the most enthralling of domestic animals. Now, the noted team consisting of animal writer Tamsin Pickeral and award-winning photographer Astrid

Overview


They were worshipped as gods by the ancient Egyptians, and down through the centuries they've been admired and kept as pets by cultures all over the world. Enigmatic, aloof, and independent, cats remain to this day the most enthralling of domestic animals. Now, the noted team consisting of animal writer Tamsin Pickeral and award-winning photographer Astrid Harrisson present a richly detailed and sumptuously illustrated history of the cat. Their beautiful new book traces the long, colorful, often tumultuous history of domesticated cats from their glory days in Egypt to the present time. Explored in these pages are:

  • The diverse roles of cats in different cultures
  • The intriguing stories behind more than 50 feline breeds
  • The origins of selective breeding and the history of cat shows

    Readers will also take pleasure in wonderful color photos that include candid pictures of the lithe-bodied Abyssinian, the traditional longhaired Balinese, the lop-eared Scottish Fold, the green-eyed Russian Blue with its stunning silver-blue coat, the Tabby, beloved in countless homes as a household pet, and many, many more. Here, in an extraordinarily handsome oversize volume, is a comprehensive reference book and a unique visual experience--an exquisite showcase of cats in all their splendor. Printed throughout in full color, The Elegance of the Cat features approximately 400 gorgeous photos.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9780764166150
    Publisher:
    Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
    Publication date:
    10/01/2013
    Edition description:
    Illustrate
    Pages:
    288
    Product dimensions:
    9.50(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.40(d)

    Meet the Author


    Tamsin Pickeral is an art historian and animal expert who also has many years experience as a veterinary nurse. She is a widely published author of books on animal themes including The Majesty of the Horse and The Spirit of the Dog, both available from Barron's.

    Astrid Harrisson is a widely traveled photographer and graphic designer who specializes in animal photography. Among her many credits are her two previous collaborations with Tamsin Pickeral, The Majesty of the Horse and The Spirit of the Dog, both available from Barron's.

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