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Small 4to. LIMITED NUMBERED EDITION, one of 100 copies (of 400 total), specially bound in two-toned leather by Hiscox. T.e.g. Slightest fading to leather at spine, with a few, tiny scratches to spine and boards. Minor wear to slipcase, particularly at corners, with slight fraying to cloth at tail strip near closed end. NF in a VG slipcase. Poet, playwright, courtier, and wit, François-Augustin de Paradis de Moncrif is best known for his 1727 satire, Histoire des Chats. Marshalling an array of learned allusions from ancient Egypt to La Fontaine, Moncrif’s book is both a parody of academic pretension and a sincere tribute to the familiar creatures— remarkable for an age in which cats were more often the targets of casual cruelty than objects of affection. Accompanied by the original illustrations, this translation by Reginald Bretnor was published by the Golden Cockerel Press, one of 100 copies (from a total edition of 400) sumptuously bound in two shades of leather.

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