San Diego: Bay Park Press, 2006. Hardcover. Number 10 of 10 copies. This is a charming and beautifully produced book by Carolyn LaFrance, a San Diego architect who is affiliated with the gallery at the Bay Park Press. Maxine is Carolyn’s beloved feline friend and companion, and the book describes a day in Maxine’s life through text and illustrations. Maxine begins her story: “Sun’s up, I get to go out. Yes, yes, I know, ‘Be careful,’ the howling creatures may still be about. What, you think I don’t know that? What I need to know is, who has been in my yard? Mr. Smushy-face? Walter? Or that grey and white bruiser? ...” Each page includes a hand-colored intaglio print of Maxine at various moments in her day (11 prints altogether). The text is Bernhard Modern type on lovely Fabriano Rosapina Bianco paper. Oblong folio bound in grey linen with black spine. Paw prints decorate the front cover and endpapers. Housed in a black portfolio with a grey cloth square label illustrated with paw prints affixed to front and cream ribbon closure. In fine condition. Unpaginated. PRI/072012. Fine.
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Pittsburgh: Dorrance Publishing Co., 2020. Paperback. In this book, author Luz Damron shares her experience with a cat colony in Baltimore and her relationships with the rescuers. It is vastly underestimated by the general population how much work is required to care for these animals, and Damron shares the joys and struggles associated with this important work. In caring for these cats, the communities of diverse neighborhoods grew closer and, not only was a great deal learned about the cats, but also about the people of Baltimore" (rear cover). Quarto. Bound in glossy white paper wrappers with black title to spine and front cover. Fine.
Kansas City: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2004. Hardcover. Later printing. Signed and inscribed by the author. An exploration of feline history. Maroon cloth boards with black leatherette spine titled in gold. In clean, bright black jacket with white title to spine and front panel. Clean interior with color photographic illustrations. 255 pages. CATS/031721. Fine / Fine.