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Big 1970s/80s encyclopedia-like cat book

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Jan 12, 9:12pm Top

Hi again. I'm looking for a cat book from the late 70s/early 80s. A big book, both up-and-down (coffee table-sized) and with many pages. It was an encyclopedia of cat information, with a chapter-per-breed. Black and white pictures only, I think. The cover was similar to the Suares/Chwast book "The Illustrated Cat": a recall it having a blue background, with a close-up drawing of a cat. However, that's so similar to the Illustrated Cat, I wonder if I'm blurring them together.

It was geared to all ages, but aimed high. Very intelligent book. I guess I'd call it a reference book, but it had such a thorough layout and design, it was fun to just leaf through the pages.


Jan 13, 7:41am Top

Big Book of Cats, perhaps. There are three books of that title on this site. I vaguely remember the book, but not the author.

Jan 13, 10:07am Top

Thanks for the response, but, sadly, that's not the book.

Jan 13, 6:25pm Top

This is the book that I was trying to remember. It's probably not the one you are looking for, but here it is.

Book of the Cat by Michael Wright, 1980 - a large paperback with an orange cat on a white cover. It is on LibraryThing. Used copies are available on ABE books for under US$10.

Jan 13, 10:52pm Top

Well, now I'm confused. This would certainly seem to be the book--it certainly matches my description--but I'm not getting that "a-ha" moment I was expecting. The cover isn't what I thought it would be. But, dang, it certainly seems like the book.


Feb 23, 5:24pm Top

Cat Catalog?

Feb 27, 2:08pm Top

The Indispensable Cat by Jean-Claude Suares was published in 1982. It is a large coffee table book and has mulitiple covers.

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