Cats and Kittens

Henriette RONNER

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“NO OTHER ANIMAL IN CREATION CAN BOAST OF HAVING INSPIRED SO MANY SUPERIOR MINDS”: HENRIETTE RONNER’S CATS AND KITTENS, 1894 FIRST EDITION, WITH 12 WONDERFUL LARGE FOLIO PHOTOGRAVURES

RONNER, Henriette. Cats and Kittens. London: Cassell and Company, 1894. Folio (12 by 16 inches), original white cloth, photogravure illustration of a cat inset into front cover, patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. $1650.

First English edition of this monograph on the appreciation of the cat in art, literature and society through the centuries, with photogravure frontispiece portrait, 12 full-page photogravure prints after paintings by Ronner on thick paper mounts, and numerous delightful in-text line illustrations.

"If we still sacrificed to the household gods the cat would have an altar in every house, of the poor and of the rich. It is the most gentle, amiable, and faithful of guests. Poets, dreamers, philosophers, have all admired its proud independence, its insinuating graces, the mystery of its purring, and the gleam of its eye." Ronner was a 19th-century Dutch painter widely known and loved for her charming paintings of cats and dogs. Text translated from the French of Marius Vachon by Clara Bell. Bookplate of the Baroness Hothfield.

Minor, uniform darkening to cloth. Infrequent faint foxing, closed tear to one leaf of text expertly repaired (page 33). Photogravures fine, impressions crisp. An excellent copy.

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