Distributed for Reaktion Books
Four thousand years later, the cat continues to charm us. Katharine M. Rogers traces our relationship with this curious creature in Cat, an entertaining look at one of the most popular pets in the world. From the domestic cat’s emergence in ancient Egypt to its enormous popularity in the contemporary United States, Rogers uncovers the feline’s cultural history in all its numerous forms: rat-catcher, witch’s familiar, and even the inscrutable creature that inspired Lewis Carroll and Edgar Allan Poe. As Rogers demonstrates, our fascination with cats lies in their uncanny ability to embody just about any character—from sweet to ferocious, affectionate to independent, eerie to elegant.
Cat will be relished by anyone who appreciates these lovable companions and their amazing ability to bring joy to our lives.
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208 pages | 25 color plates, 75 halftones | 5 3/8 x 7 1/2 | © 2006
Biological Sciences: Natural History
"Beautifully illustrated history. . . . A perfect read for ailurophiles."
"Cat unites a typically broad and fascinating set of images with Katharine Rogers’ elegant survey of the way humans have seen and thought of home-based felines. . . . Incisive and erudite."
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