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Cats

A Portrait in Pictures and Words

“To celebrate the feline in all its forms and beauty, and to mark our timeless affection for this transcendental animal, this collection of stunning photographs and elegant prose, poetry and quotes offers a full spectrum of our wonderful friend, the cat.”—Charlotte Fraser

Every cat knows how to charm. Their alluring countenance and flawless prowess will put a smile on any feline lover's face. This stunning photographic collection of the cutest and most exquisite cats, complemented with a sprinkling of feline-inspired quotes and poems, is guaranteed to captivate and enchant anybody who has ever known the comforts of living with a cat.

Cats were first domesticated an estimated 10,000 years ago in the Middle East. Since then, felines have been worshipped and loved by humans, from Ancient Egyptian times to the present day, aesthetically for their image of perfection, grace and poise, or simply for their calming presence and companionship. Known as majestic and mysterious creatures, their beguiling presence has inspired some of the most renowned writers, painters, psychologists and celebrities alike. T. S. Eliot, Pablo Picasso and Sigmund Freud are among those who have contributed to the portrayal and analysis of the feline’s impenetrable, yet compelling, demeanor, in one way or another, highlighting the significant impact they have on our lives. Even as far back as the fifteenth century, evidence shows that one writer and his cat were literally inseparable, when a number of inky prints marked by the cat’s paws were discovered in the pages of a medieval Italian manuscript. As cats have become part of our homes and families over the centuries, they have also grown into one of our greatest comforts and joys. Jean Cocteau’s knowing comment, ‘I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul’, is an underlying truth for anyone who has ever owned a cat.”