Apparently it’s international cat day today, and really, how could we resist posting about it? Cats and libraries, cats and archives, cats and reading…they are as natural pairings as peanut butter and jelly, the owl and the pussycat, and Beavis and Butthead.
The pictures above are all taken from books (of course!) courtesy of HathiTrust. We’re especially partial to the second image—of a cat book plate glued into the front of a book—about…wait for it….cats!
Each image is just one of many in the books listed below. Some of the covers are absolutely marvelous, but we’ll let you click through to view them yourselves.
So, if you’ve got a favorite cat, be sure to give it some extra yummy food today and a nice long nap in your lap, preferably while you are reading a favorite book. Speaking of that, we’ve got lots more books over at DPLA, and they are not just about…cats.
Oh, and while you are at it, if you are over at the Twitters, be sure to check out the awesome @historicalcats. For those with allergies, there is also @historicalDogs.
Dunigan’s tortoise-shell cat, or, The life of Queen Tab and her kitten, 1800s.
Bookplate from The book of cats : a chit-chat chronicle of feline facts and fancies, legendary, lyrical, medical, mirthful and miscellaneous, 1868. Ross, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1842?-1897. Contributed by the University of Michigan.
"Cats:" their points and characteristics, with curiosities of cat life, and a chapter on feline ailments, ca.1876. Stables, Gordon, 1840-1910. Contributed by the University of Michigan.
Cats and kittens, ca.1906. Werner, Edgar S., d. 1919, comp. Contributed by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.