This book is a joy and will be looked a time and time again … a perfect gift for any cat lover.
    Yorkshire Gazette & Herald

    With beautiful illustrations this book explores the place of the cat in cultures around the world.
    Your Cat magazine

    The British Museum Book of Cats

    SKU: cmc51021

    £9.99 Members' price *


    A long history of myth and superstition surrounds the domestication of the cat whose solitary nature, demanding personality and secret nightlife set it apart from all other domestic animals. The beauty, charm and beguiling character of these creatures have secured them a very special relationship with human beings over the centuries.

    This engaging book, now available in an attractive new design, explores the place of the cat in cultures around the world, from ancient times to the present. It uniquely combines the natural history of the feline with the history of cats in the ancient, medieval and recent past, and reveals why the cat has become the much- loved creature it is today.

    Richly illustrated with images from ancient Egypt, Greece, China and Japan, rich medieval manuscripts and modern drawings and photographs, the book links cats in art with their real contemporaries and is a must-have for anyone who loves cats.

    About the author

    Juliet Clutton-Brock was formerly a senior research worker in the mammal section at The Natural History Museum, and remains a research associate at the Museum. She has acted as editor of the Journal of Zoology since 1994 and has published numerous scientific reports, papers, books and popular articles on the history and natural history of domestic animals.


    Product code: cmc51021
    Title: The British Museum Book of Cats
    Author: Juliet Clutton-Brock
    ISBN: 978 0 7141 5102 1
    Format: Paperback with flaps
    Number of pages: 112 pages
    Size: 19cm x 19cm
    llustrations: 110 colour illustrations
    Publication date: December 2012
    Weight: 0.19kg
    Standard UK delivery: 5 working days. Overseas times may vary

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