ANIMAL'S COMPANION: People and Their PetsJACKY COLLISS HARVEY Book Number: 89740 Product format: Hardback
By the author of the bestselling 'Red: A Natural History of the Redhead' here is an irresistible, quirky and deeply perceptive book for anyone who has ever loved a creature. The earliest evidence of a human and pet can be traced as far back as 26,000BC to France, where a boy and his 'canid' took a walk through a cave. Their foot and paw prints were preserved together on the muddy cave floor, and smoke from the torch the boy carried was left on the walls, allowing archaeologists to carbon-date their journey. Drawing on literary, artistic and archaeological evidence of our relationships with other species, Cambridge-educated Harvey examines the when, the how and the why of our connection to these animals. She assesses this against the latest scientific thinking and suggests new insight into this most long-standing of all human love-affairs. Chapters include Finding, Choosing, Fashioning, Naming, Communicating, Connecting, Caring, Losing and Imagining. There are extensive highlights from children's books, one where every pet in apartment block is in constant contact with one another, while the owners have no contact at all, the caricaturist Daumier showing a typically corseted snooty-looking Parisienne with her spaniel on her lap 'a member of the family, he must have his portrait too'. Velázquez's Dwarf with a Dog, two brothers with their baby racoon photographed in 1910, here are horses and raptors, cats and dogs, eagles, hedgehogs and chimpanzees, unusual names and dozens of famous names in this eminently entertaining romp through cultural history. 294pp, dozens of colour photos, other illus.
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