Worshipped as gods by the ancient Egyptians, and down through the centuries admired and kept as pets by cultures the world over. Enigmatic, aloof, and independent, cats remain to this day the most enthralling of domestic animals. Now, animal writer Tamsin Pickeral and I present a richly detailed and sumptuously illustrated history of the cat. Our 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/Grace of the Cat features approximately 400 photos.
Currently available editions:
US Edition (published by Barron’s), UK Edition (published by Frances Lincoln), Australian Edition (published by Allen & Unwin)