Friday, June 14, 2013

A cat-centric post

This tale of wonder is told for children; with which view, it has been carefully designed and very nicely printed. For some time past, it has arrived at the dignity of a popular Nursery Tale in the Author’s family ; and it is hoped it will merit the same good fortune elsewhere. It will be worth while explaining, that the circle in each page is made to represent some object in connection with the story ; and, that as some of them have proved rather puzzling, to Juvenile admirers has been left the task of ” finding them out.” - See more at: http://publicdomainreview.org/2013/01/10/the-nine-lives-of-a-cat-1860/#sthash.MbE6gtlc.dpuf
"You have a  problem with that?"
Below are the title page and several images from The Nine Lives of a Cat by Charles Bennett; 1860; Griffith and Farran, London. As he explains in the preface,
This tale of wonder is told for children; with which view, it has been carefully designed and very nicely printed. For some time past, it has arrived at the dignity of a popular Nursery Tale in the Author’s family; and it is hoped it will merit the same good fortune elsewhere. It will be worth while explaining, that the circle in each page is made to represent some object in connection with the story; and, that as some of them have proved rather puzzling, to Juvenile admirers has been left the task of  finding them out.
 This last stratagem reminds me of a Warner Brothers cartoon! I've embedded the book after the jump; or you can flip through the entire thing here. Now a pause for a reading.
Edward Gorey was the perfect illustrator for Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, don't you think?
We currently have 107 items relating to cats, so they should not feel neglected. To help you find that special cat-related book, box of notecards, or whatnot, this news bulletin from our IT guru re Daedalus Books online's new search box may be of interest:
By popular demand, we have a new search feature. When you use the "Search" box, you'll see other relevant searches, as well as some products that match your search terms. You can click on those, or press the "Go" button to complete your original search. You'll also notice that our search results page has changed a little. Results are now sorted by relevance (although you can still sort by title, price, publisher, or itemcode). You can also filter by media type by selecting the Books, Music, or DVD tab. Please feel free to send us feedback, via email to custserv@daedalusbooks.com.
Finally, Flavorwire's recent list of "10 great books starring cats" references Carroll's Cheshire Cat while also including big cats such as  Life of Pi's tiger and Narnia's Aslan. Grrrrrr!



6 comments:

  1. Love the Kitty Police sketch on the top of the page.

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  2. Only 10, Flavorwire? The comments section mentions a book I got from Daedalus, "Homer's Odyssey" by Gwen Cooper. The blind cat-hero catches flies in his mouth (and spits them out, natch) and saves his mistress from a criminal assault. It is not fiction!
    When I muttered, "this cat must have a sixth sense," Felixity sniffed and said, "You missed a few."

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  3. Not being particularly a cat fancier, I'm surprised to find that I've read 7 of the 10 books listed on Flavorwire. They make a big mistake, though, in leaving out mehitabel, alley cat par excellence and close friend of archy the cockroach. She's even remembered in bronze on the front door of Brooklyn NY's Central Library.

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    1. one life up and the next life down
      but always a lady that was
      my mehitabel and she is so
      lovely on the door
      i am so mad at flavorwire
      i will send 10000 or so
      of my great grandchildren
      to eat the lunches of the
      writers there

      archy

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    2. I love that book too! Another fine example of the cat theme /illustrations combo is The Color Kittens, with text by Margaret Wise Brown. I found a copy in a thrift store and subsequently we briefly carried a modern reprint. It was illustrated by the great husband-and-wife team of Alice and Martin Provensen.

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    3. That is truly a wonderful image (on the library) ... thanks for sharing it!

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