Ultimate Cat Book: A Unique Photographic Guide to More Than 100 International Breeds and Variations

David Taylor, Author, Daphne Negus, Editor Simon & Schuster $29.95 (192p) ISBN 978-0-671-68649-9
Feline devotees will find this book--a gorgeous and comprehensive guide to the history, breeding, behavior, care and showing of Felis catus --more than worthy of its title. Superb photography by King and Burton exults in the nuances of 100 breeds, from the subtlest fur tipping of a sleek Abyssinian to the smoky luxuriousness of a fluffy Blue Persian. In fact, the unfortunate use of stock photography (the book's one visual lapse) to illustrate more obscure varieties only emphasizes King and Burton's brilliant use of lighting and white background, as well as the elegance of the (uncredited) art direction. The text, too, is a pleasant surprise: while most cat coffee-table books seem to use words mainly to fill up the space around pictures, here prose makes a serious contribution to our understanding and enjoyment. Some strain is evident as Yorkshire veterinarian Taylor ( Adventures of a Wild Animal Doctor ) attempts a mid-Atlantic style, but overall he is witty and informative, sharing enthusiasm and broad knowledge. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1989
Release date: 09/01/1989
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