Little Book of Cats

Australians have strong feelings for the cats in their lives—love for their elegance and poise, appreciation for their soothing presence, respect for their independence and aloofness, enjoyment of their antics and reluctant acceptance of their ‘gifts’. The latest addition to the National Library’s popular ‘Little Books’ series, the Little Book of Cats celebrates the close relationship between Australians and their cats. Poems by authors such as Les Murray, William Hart-Smith, Eric Rolls and Gwen Harwood are accompanied by beautiful images from the National Library’s collection, including engravings by Lionel Lindsay, a photograph by Harold Cazneaux and a painting by eighteenth-century Korean artist Pyon Sang-byok.

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Sample images

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Portrait of an unknown
woman holding a cat
(between 1890 and 1920)

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Cat on a table with paw in
a milk jug. By John Flynn.
(1906)

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Portrait of Anna Pavlova with
her Siamese cat in her
London home.
By Lafayette Ltd
London (between 1920
and 1929

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