The Nine Lives of a Cat. A Tale of Wonder
The Nine Lives of a Cat. A Tale of Wonder

[HANDCOLOURING]. BENNETT, Charles (illustrator and author). The Nine Lives of a Cat. A Tale of Wonder.

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[HANDCOLOURING]. BENNETT, Charles (illustrator and author). The Nine Lives of a Cat. A Tale of Wonder. London, Griffith and Farran, Corner of St. Paul's Churchyard. 1860.

8vo. Original red pebble-grained cloth decoratively panelled in blind to both covers with a pictorial lettering piece in gilt to upper board, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, all edges gilt, pp. [48] + 32, publisher's catalogue, with integral blanks; with handcoloured pictorial title-page and a total of 25 further handcoloured plates, mostly full-page; a very pretty copy; recently expertly, and barely perceptibly, resewn and recased, with no disturbance to the original matt peach endpapers; and with slight bruising and rubbing to spine ends, internally fresh throughout with only a couple of very minor marks; scarce in the handcoloured version.
First edition. Bennett has recorded, here, a favourite family fairy story in the form of a diminishing number rhyme about a cat and its nine lives. The beautiful handcoloured engraved plates feature a roundel within which Bennett depicts the cat. This circle, embedded within a larger image, is used to represent a component of the story, for example a ball of string, or a watering-can, and the child is invited to identify the objects and to solve the puzzles.

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