Paris: A. Capendu, c.1890. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's stapled illustrated stiff canvas self-wraps backed in binder's tape, printed in color and black-and-white on stiff canvas.
"Quels cris discordants! Quels affreux miaulements! Quels sons criards! D'où vient ce bruit étrange? D'un concert organisé par des chats" ["How discordant the screams! How awful the caterwauling! How shrill the sounds! Where does this odd noise come from? From a concert organised by cats"]. Charming 19th-century French children’s book of short tales and illustrations of cats engaged in typical feline activities (playing with string, chasing mice and butterflies), as well as various anthropomorphic pastimes (blowing bubbles, riding bicycles, visiting a museum, etc.). Illustrated with six chromolithographic plates, and 20 black-and-white in-text drawings. Publisher A. Capendu of Paris was known for making "pop up" and "pull-the-tab" books (livre animé) under their Libraire Enfantine Illustrée series. The present book is distinguished by, among other things, being printed on tearproof coated canvas. Some staining, soiling and light wear. Very good. Rare, with no copies listed in OCLC. Item #2299