The Life and Love of Cats

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The Life and Love of Cats takes us on an unforgettable journey—we travel from the homes of middle-America today, back to the demonized creatures hiding in the alleys of medieval Europe; from wild cousins on the plains of Africa to rare hybrid domestic breeds like the Savannah; and from fashionable show breeds to shelter cats lovingly rescued by volunteers. Starting with the earliest records of domestic cats 9,000 years ago in Africa and the Mediterranean and moving to the present, Lewis Blackwell weaves stories ...
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Overview


The Life and Love of Cats takes us on an unforgettable journey—we travel from the homes of middle-America today, back to the demonized creatures hiding in the alleys of medieval Europe; from wild cousins on the plains of Africa to rare hybrid domestic breeds like the Savannah; and from fashionable show breeds to shelter cats lovingly rescued by volunteers. Starting with the earliest records of domestic cats 9,000 years ago in Africa and the Mediterranean and moving to the present, Lewis Blackwell weaves stories of one of humankind’s closest companions with a collection of more than 100 unforgettable images.

Praise for The Life and Love of Cats:

“Fabulous felines.” —People

“As good as Blackwell's text is (and it's quite good—an approachable, informative, and appreciative study of cats of all breeds), the true appeal of the book is the stunning images.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Filled with gorgeous color photos of domestic and wild felines: Russian blues, Siamese, lions, leopards, Bengal tigers and more.” —BookPage

“A global tour of one of the world’s most popular animals.” —The Charlotte Observer

“This is a gorgeous coffee table book” —dooce

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This elegant Abrams coffee-table hardcover celebrates humankind's ninety-century relationships with our feline companions. An ideal gift for the cat fancier in a browser's life.

Publishers Weekly
Beginning with the question, “What does the cat think of us?,” writer and photographer Blackwell (The Life & Love of Trees) examines the special connection humans have with cats of every pedigree, shape, and size. Over the course of nine chapters (get it?), he illustrates how our relationship with cats has had implications far beyond the immediately obvious. To wit: the perceived correlation between cats and witchcraft led to a steep decline in feline populations during the Middle Ages, which in turn allowed rats to flourish, thereby facilitating the rapid spread of the Black Death. But as good as Blackwell’s text is (and it’s quite good—an approachable, informative, and appreciative study of cats of all breeds), the true appeal of the book is the stunning images. Blackwell’s beautifully composed portraits of Abyssinians, Bengal tigers, sphynxes, Persians, and more, as well as his close-ups of paws, eyes, tongues, and whiskers are stunning. Blackwell covers everything from napping kitties to the majestic black panther and the noble white tiger, but this is more than a bound calendar. Any cat lover (or fan of photography) will thoroughly appreciate this thoughtful and creative large-format volume.117 color photos. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419704048
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 149,032
  • Product dimensions: 12.30 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Blackwell has worked as a leading author, editor, and creative director in photography, winning international recognition with talks, exhibitions, and books. The Life and Love of Cats is a follow-up to his award-winning and bestselling The Life and Love of Trees, which led to a feature on the Ellen show and other prominent coverage.

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