This beautifully illustrated book looks at the different roles cats have played in human life and also describes the various modern pedigree breeds – from short-haired tabby to long-haired Persian – which have evolved from the original wild cat.
Sometimes a friendly fireside companion, more often elusive and independent, the cat possesses an enigmatic appeal and unfathomable mystery, which have inspired writers, poets, artists and craftsmen alike from the illuminations of the Lindisfarne Gospels to Rudyard Kipling.
The illustrations in this survey of the development of the cat and its special relationship with people over 7,000 years are drawn mainly from the collections of the British Museum and Natural History Museum, both rich in cat imagery from many cultures and civilizations.
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Juliet Clutton-Brock was a senior research worker in the Mammal Section at the Natural History Museum in London from 1969 until her retirement in 1993, and maintains a position there as a research associate.
She has published numerous scientific reports, papers, books and popular articles on archaeozoology and the history of domesticated mammals including A Natural History of Domesticated Mammals published by the Natural History Museum.