London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1961. Otten, T. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 58 of 100 copies in a special binding, of a total edition of 400, large octavo size, 187 pp., inscribed by Reginald Bretnor. Fine. Item #CNBR047
"Les Chats", a collection of eleven letters and ten poems about cats, was first published in 1727. The book was an immediate success among cat lovers, but quickly became the subject of many cruel satires and skits, enough to cause the author to withdraw it from his collected works. Despite its wearisome history, it survived unbeaten and in its translation by Reginald Bretnor, can continue to delight the persistant ailurophile. "Coypel's designs were etched by de Caylus for the original edition, Paris 1727; the collotype reproductions for this new edition were taken from the copies which were executed by T. Otten for the second edition, Rotterdam 1728."
___DESCRIPTION: Original blue morocco with red morocco panels, gilt-stamped medallion with cat vignette to upper board, the spine lettered in gilt with gilt printer's device, with two raised bands, top edge gilt, fore- and bottom edges uncut, title page printed in black and red, numerous etchings throughout, fold-out geneology; Perpetua type, Saunders mould-made paper, large octavo size (9.75" by 6"), pagination: [1-4] 5-187, one of 100 copies in deluxe morocco binding, number 58, signed and dated "8/21/77" by the translator with the caricature of a cat beneath his signature on the limitation page. In a slipcase covered in blue cloth.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. Slipcase is near fine, strong and sturdy, clean overall except for a few stray marks, some rubbing to the corners of the spine and opening.
___CITATION: Cock-A-Hoop no. 213.
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