Ah, another book about cats

But probably not one you’ll find in your local library.

In 1868, Charles Henry Ross published a one-volume encyclopedia of sorts, all about cats, and compounded from hundreds of books, newspapers and anecdotes. This, according to Atlas Obscura, was an effort to defend cats from peoples’ superstitions and fears which had branded the poor animals as demons, witches’ familiars and even worse.

Titled “The Book of Cats. A Chit-Chat Chronicle of Feline Facts and Fancies, Legendary, lyrical, Medical, Mirthful and Miscellaneous,” the book held Ross’ own illustrations as well. Read more about it here: https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/this-19thcentury-book-chronicles-victorians-strange-cat-fears-and-fascinations

(Want to read more odd facts and about unusual destinations? Atlas Obscura is a great place to browse: https://www.atlasobscura.com/  )