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MBP Presents – Dogs in Books
November 4, 2011
New York, NY – Nov 2, 2011- As the saying goes, dogs are man’s best friend. It’s no wonder, then, that the written evidence of the relationship between dogs and humans is almost as old as literature itself. Since the Stone Age, our canine companions have been illustrated, described, dramatized, and eulogized in one form or another. Dogs in Books celebrates the role of dogs in literature throughout the centuries, from Pliny’s description of domestic dogs in the sixth century BC to Toto, Lassie, and Snoopy.
Culled from the British Library’s incomparable archives, Dogs in Books features illustrations from rare editions of classic literature and contemporary renderings from popular books. Dogs appear in works by Shakespeare, Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens, and many more well-known authors. From narrating an entire story to rescuing the hero, dogs are key characters: Odysseus had his faithful dog Argos and King Lear’s pack of dogs barked away at him to warn him.
With everything from illuminated manuscripts to comics, Dogs in Books demonstrate the timelessness of our undying love and respect for dogs and proving that they have always been more than just a pet. Illustrated in color throughout, this is an ideal gift for every dog lover.
Catherine Britton is a former senior editor at the British Library and is currently senior editor at ACC Publishing. This is her first book with Mark Batty Publisher.
Mark Batty Publisher (markbattypublisher.com) is an independent publisher dedicated to making distinctive books on the visual art of communicating, showcasing the visual power and innovation of contemporary culture in all of its varied poses. Today, the visual comes at us from more places than ever, and its dissemination is faster and more advanced every year. Books from Mark Batty Publisher capture this acceleration on the pages of every book. Affordable, well designed, thoughtfully created, and produced to last, MBP books are artful products that readers want to hold onto forever.
Dogs in Books: A Celebration of Dog Illustration Through the Ages
Pub Date: November 2011
Page Count: 112
Size: 5 x 8 inches