“Your Affectionate Pussy”: Hilarious and Charming 19th Century Animal Books

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19th Century Animal-Related Kids' Books from the Internet Archive

The Internet Archive in San Francisco is justly heralded as an invaluable free research tool for scholars, writers, and anyone interested in the cultural life of a bygone age.

But, like the past itself, it is also an inexhaustible source of weirdness and hilarity, as the “Aff Pussy” to the right capably demonstrates.

Rooting through the Archive's thousands of fully scanned books this week, I discovered Letters From a Cat, an 1879 wonder of gentle absurdity and accidental dirtiness. Here's the best of that book, and then some quick highlights from others I hit upon while digging deeper. Enjoy!

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