The Tiger in the House Author:Carl Van Vechten Carl Van Vechten describes the domestic cat as "an animal who has been a god, a companion of sorceresses at the Witches' Sabbath, a beast who is royal in Siam, who in Japan is called "the tiger who eats from the hand," the adored of Mohammed, Laura's rival with Petrarch, the friend of Richelieu's idle moments, the favorite of poet and prelate."
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Since the dawn of recorded history, the cat ("a near relative of the king of beasts") has been one of man's companions. The beauty, grace, and secret character of the small beast have fascinated some, repelled others. Ranging through literature, pinting, history, music, ad the lore of many nations-and delving into the rich store of his own experience-Mr. Van Vechten wrote, in this book, a monograph that has become a classic. Few books could be compared to it, few make such fascinating and suggestive reading.
Ailurophiles will place "The Tiger in the House" on their personal, preferred shelf. Ailurophobes may find themseves robbed of a favorite neurosis. For this is book that clings to the mind, where it makes an indescribable stir.
Ex-library copy in great condition. Plastic-covered jacket. Not yellowing. A touch of foxing inside covers.« less