1902 Abyssinian Cat - one of the rarest cats in England at 1902

1902 Abyssinian Cat – one of the rarest cats in England at 1902

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A very early pic of an ancestor of the Abyssinian breed from: THE LIVING ANIMALS OF THE WORLD; A POPULAR NATURAL HISTORY WITH ONE THOUSAND ILLUSTRATIONS (1902). The domestic cat section was written by Louis Wain.

β€œThe SAND-COLOURED CAT, with a whole-coloured coat like the rabbit, which we know as the ABYSSINIAN or BUNNY CAT, is a strong African type. On the Gold Coast it comes down from the inland country with its ears all bitten and torn away in its fights with rivals. It has been acclimatised in England, and Devonshire and Cornwall have both established a new and distinct tribe out of its parentage. The MANX CAT is nearly allied to it, and a hundred years ago the tailless cat was called the Cornwall Cat, not the Manx. […] All the other long-haired cats can pair [have equivalents] with the short-haired for colouring and marking, but I have not yet seen a BUNNY-LONG-HAIRED”