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MONCRIF, Francois-Augustin Paradis de.
Moncrif's Cats. Les Chats. Translated by Reginald Bretnor.
London: Golden Cockerel Press, 1961. London: Golden Cockerel Press,, 1961. Tall quarto. Original dark blue and red morocco, titles and publisher's device to spine gilt, cat design to front board gilt, top edge gilt, other untrimmed. Housed in a dark blue cloth slipcase. 10 full-page illustrations by Coypel, taken from the first edition in 1727. Very light sunning to spine, still a fine copy, in very lightly rubbed slipcase. First edition; number 8 of 100 copies specially bound by E. W. Hiscox. Moncrif (1687-1770) was a French writer, courtier, and academician now best known for his Histoire des Chats, first published in 1727. In letter form, Moncrif discusses the role of cats throughout history and his work can be read both as a satire of pedantic academic writing and a sincere tribute to the domesticated feline. "Let us calm ourselves... one day we shall see the merits of Cats generally recognized. It is impossible that we should not come to feel that in our Cat we possess a friend who is the best of company, an admirable Pantomimist, a born Astrologer, a perfect Musician, in short the union of the talents & the graces" (p. 104-5).
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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