San Francisco: The Book Club of California; 1959; First edition limited to 450 copies printed by Grabhorn Press [for The Colt Press in September 1959][8.75x11.5”] Cream paper on boards with red and black patterns and black cloth spine, with printed paper title label to spine; Plain white dust jacket; , xvi, 29 pp., , frontispiece photograph of Samuel Clemens holding a cat; minor shelf wear with some tanned with some small closed tears to dust jacket. An attractive presentation and overall Near Fine condition. Item #12954
The introduction by Frederick Anderson starts out with an epigram of then eleven-year-old Susy Clemens about her parents - "Mamma loves morals and papa loves cats". The two unfinished tales in this book are evidence of Twain's lifelong love for cats. The photograph, by Underwood & Underwood, was used as the frontispiece for the book, Concerning Cats (1959)
Samuel Clemens [1835-1910] was also a great admirer of cats and once remarked: "Of all God's creatures there is only one that cannot be made the slave of the lash. That one is the cat. If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat."