Friday, August 15, 2014

Paws and Claws: Being True Tales of Clever Creatures (1874)

Today my cats decided to take the day off, so we shall look at some drawings of cats from one of my vintage books.  The book shown today is "Paws and Claws: Being True Tales of Clever Creatures, Tame and Wild, Illustrated."

This book was first published in 1874 by Elizabeth Anna Hart.
She was born in 1822 in London, England.  


Her aunt was Lewis Carroll's grandmother.  Lewis Carroll was the author of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."  She is best known for her children's book:  "The Runaway" published in 1872. She died in 1890.  

The cover of my book shown above, is not the first edition cover.  The alternate title is:  "Peeps at the world of birds and beasts."  It is written as a children's book.  Inside the book are many many drawings of English woodland animals, including cats.  The book has many illustrations; however, there was no mention I could find of the name of the illustrator.  Some of these pictures are signed H Weir.  He was Harrison Weir, an English artist and gentleman (1824 - 1906).  His specialties in painting and sketching were  animals, and garden scenes.  I will today show many of the larger "cat" illustrations.  These are familiar scenes today, except, perhaps, of the cat and the hare.  The book is in the public domain, and can be found easily as a free "ebook." The ebook I looked at did not have the illustrations.

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  1. Greg, wunderschöne Zeichnungen.
    Schön, dass du das Buch vorstellst.
    Einen guten Start ins Wochenende wünscht dir

    1. You appreciate old things like I do. Most younger people do not.

  2. So, your cats wanna make holiday. Hopefully only for one day ;-)

    But I also loved to see those wonderful paintings. Thanks for showing, I've never heard of Elizabeth Anna Hart



    1. 130 years from now, which popular book authors of today will be remembered? No names come to my mind.

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