MONCRIF, Francois Augustin Paradis de. Moncrif's Cats. The Golden Cockerel Press. 1961.
4to., Navy blue morocco, with vertical inlaid panels of deep red morocco, that on the upper board decorated in gilt, t.e.g., others untrimmed, illustrated with ten collotype reproductions of illustrations by Coypel from the edition of 1727. Spine the slightest bit sunned otherwise a near fine copy in slipcase.
One of one hundred numbered copies, specially bound by E.W. Hiscox, from a total edition of four hundred numbered copies printed on Saunders mould-made paper at the Chiswick Press.
Moncrif (1687-1770) was a French writer, courtier, and academician now best known for his Histoire des Chats, first published in 1727. In letter form, Moncrif discusses the role of cats throughout history and his work can be read both as a satire of pedantic academic writing and a sincere tribute to the domesticated feline. "Let us calm ourselves ... one day we shall see the merits of Cats generally recognized. It is impossible that we should not come to feel that in our Cat we possess a friend who is the best of company, an admirable Pantomimist, a born Astrologer, a perfect Musician, in short the union of the talents & the graces" (p. 104-5).
From the library of Thomas Yoseloff, the last owner of the Golden Cockerel Press, by family descent, but with no ownership markings.