Skip to content

Monograph of the Felididae or Family of Cats

Monograph of the Felididae or Family of Cats

Click for full-size.

Monograph of the Felididae or Family of Cats

by ELLIOT, Daniel Giraud

  • Used
See description
Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Beverly Hills, California, United States
Item Price
Or just €102,270.40 with a
Bibliophiles Club Membership
€18.60 Shipping to USA
Standard delivery: 7 to 14 days

More Shipping Options

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • PayPal

About This Item

New York: M. & N. Hanhart, 1878. SMIT, J.. New York]: printed by Taylor & Francis, published by the author for the subscribers, [1878-] 1883.

Large folio. (23 1/2 x 19 inches; 600 x 475 mm). xvi, [2, plate list]. With all forty-three fine hand-coloured lithographic plates drawn on stone by Joseph Smit from drawings by Joseph Wolf, printed M. & N. Hanhart. Each plate accompanied by at least one leaf of explanatory letterpress text. The original blue printed upper wrappers of parts 1-11 bound in at the back.

Beautifully bound by Zaehnsdorf in half green morocco over green cloth. Spine lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. MArbled endpapers. Some minor rubbing to board edges. A few instances of foxing to preliminary pages, but plates are extremely clean. Fore-edge with some foxing. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown. An excellent copy of the finest work on the cat family with magnificent hand-coloured plates after Joseph Wolf.

Originally issued in eleven parts, the monograph describes and figures all the species of cat then known. As Elliot writes in the preface "Among the Families which constitute the Class Mammalia no more attractive one can be found than that of Felidae, as its members possess in the highest degree a beauty, both of form and colouring, most gratifying to the eye, and are also endowed with physical strength and weapons of offence not surpassed by any known creature now living upon the earth. The Family comprises not only the largest and most ferocious of the beasts of prey, but also the graceful little animal that delights to make its home within mans' abode". The work was prompted by the need to resolve the confusion that had built up around the naming of the various species of Felidae, particularly amongst the smaller cats. The examples shown here were collected by Elliot after visiting all the great museums and zoological societies on both sides of the Atlantic. This allowed him to make a comparative study of skeletons and skins and reduce the number of separate species by nearly a third. The resulting work was considered the definitive monograph on the cat family and is still the most beautiful work on the subject forming a fitting companion to Elliot's sumptuous ornithological folios.

BM (NH) II, p.522; Nissen ZBI 1279 (incorrect date); Wood p.332.

HBS 68737.



(Log in or Create an Account first!)

You’re rating the book as a work, not the seller or the specific copy you purchased!


Heritage Book Shop, LLC US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
Monograph of the Felididae or Family of Cats
ELLIOT, Daniel Giraud
Book Condition
Quantity Available
M. & N. Hanhart
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
0.00 lbs
Natural History|Color-Plate Books

Terms of Sale

Heritage Book Shop, LLC

30 day return guarantee, with full refund including original shipping costs for up to 30 days after delivery if an item arrives misdescribed or damaged.

About the Seller

Heritage Book Shop, LLC

Seller rating:
This seller has earned a 5 of 5 Stars rating from Biblio customers.
Biblio member since 2006
Beverly Hills, California

About Heritage Book Shop, LLC

Owned and operated by Ben Weinstein, who has been in the business of antiquarian books for over fifty years, Heritage Book Shop\'s inventory consists of some of the finest items in the areas of first editions, early printed books, bindings, illustrated books, literature, and manuscripts. Heritage Book Shop serves a clientele base consisting of private collectors as well as esteemed public institutions. We take great pride in the dedication we offer our clients. Whether you are building a first-rate collection of a favorite author or an extensive library, we look forward to offering the experience of our knowledgeable and helpful staff.


Some terminology that may be used in this description includes:

The paper covering on the outside of a paperback. Also see the entry for pictorial wraps, color illustrated coverings for...
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...
A folio usually indicates a large book size of 15" in height or larger when used in the context of a book description. Further,...
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...
"Cloth-bound" generally refers to a hardcover book with cloth covering the outside of the book covers. The cloth is stretched...
Top Edge Gilt
Top edge gilt refers to the practice of applying gold or a gold-like finish to the top of the text block (the edges the pages...
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
Highly sought after by some collectors, a book plate is an inscribed or decorative device that identifies the owner, or former...
Full page illustration or photograph. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. I.e.,...

This Book’s Categories