The Elegance of the Cat: An Illustrated History

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Beguiling beauty, fierce independence and aloof intelligence characterize man's feline companions. Tamsin Pickeral's celebration of these intriguing animals describes their journey from the wild to comfortable domestic existence, and from glory days as gods in ancient Egypt to rat-catching aboard creaking ships bound for America. The book tells the stories behind more than 50 breeds of cat, ancient and modern, common and rare, accompanied by over 150 glorious photographs that capture the cat's elegance and spirit.Previously sold in Postscript as The Grace of the Cat.

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Once again, animal expert Tamsin Pickeral and award-winning photographer Astrid Harrisson combine their unique ability to capture the very essence of an animal in this richly detailed and sumptuously illustrated celebration of the domestic cat. This inspiring new study balances Pickeral's informative text, which explores the journey of the feline from its origins in the wild to its domestic existence across cultures and continents, with Harrison's breathtaking photography of more than 50 recognized cat breeds.The Elegance of the Cat is an exquisite showcase of cats in all their splendor.

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Cats are the most enigmatic and alluring of domestic animals. Beguiling beauty, fierce independence, aloof intelligence, and self-sufficiency characterize their long and exotic history.The Elegance of the Cat is a celebration of this most captivating animal and a moving account of the feline's journey from the wild to a comfortable domestic existence.
In this beautifully illustrated book, established author and animal specialist Tamsin Pickeral traces the colorful and tumultuous history of the cat, from its glory days in Egypt to its arrival in America on creaking ships, and explores the diverse role of the cat in each culture, culminating in the "modern" history of cats, the origins of cat shows, and the selective breeding of pure bred, pedigreed animals.
Open this richly illustrated book and you will discover the stories behind more than fifty breeds of cat; from the lithe-bodied Abyssinian, originating in Ancient Egypt, to the intelligent Russian Blue, with its unique silver-blue coat; and from the graceful, long-haired Balinese to the lop-eared Scottish Fold. The evocative and informative text is accompanied by stunning photographs of every featured breed by award-winning photographer Astrid Harrisson. Her breathtaking images capture the many facets of what makes a cat a cat--its beauty, spirit, intelligence, and wit. The Elegance of the Cat is an essential volume for everyone who loves cats.

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