For over ten years, Karen Lawrence has been working on collecting, archiving and publishing the history of the Abyssinian breed. At long last, her book has been published, and my copy arrived yesterday. It’s an incredible oeuvre, and an incredible resource.
There are photos of all sorts of relics from the early days of Abyssinian breeding, like this pin from the Abyssinian Cat Club in England that’s 102 years old.
And these CFA registration cards, when the records were kept on index cards.
The cover of the first issue of Cats Magazine from 1945 featured Abys.
And, yes, as advertised, there is a chapter about the Somali, too.
And there are also a few nifty surprises, too, like these photos of Aby kittens taken by Kenneth Heilbrom. I have some of his prints.
And look, I even have a mention! I sent Karen a photo of my Selene’s Firefly
Apparently, it also makes a fine seat for a certain blue Aby girl.