It’s gratifying to have photographic evidence that cats prefer Cambridge Library Collection reissues to all other brands! This cat of great taste and discernment is Effie, the grey (Ruskin fans smile here!) pet of Professor Francis O’Gorman of Leeds University, the editor of the Cambridge Companion to Victorian Culture. If Effie wants to pursue the train of thought prompted by the Reminiscences of Carlyle (in – dare we suggest – a much less attractive cover than the Ruskin volume . . .) she will be interested to know that on 11 November we will publish the 30 volumes of the Centenary Edition of the Works of Thomas Carlyle (and the CLC version of the Reminiscences, edited by J.A. Floude, will come out next year).
Sadly, the index volume of Ruskin’s Works does not have an entry for ‘cats’ (though there is half a column for ‘dogs’, including of course, Carpaccio‘s). Alarmingly, there is a reference to ‘cat-skin’, which takes us to Fors Clavigera, volume IV, letter 41: ‘. . . the sweet promise of the Anglo-Russian tempter, with his ermine tail, “Ye shall be as Gods, and buy cat-skin cheap”‘. Cook and Wedderburn let us down by not supplying any annotation, and a quick Google has produced no results: can anyone advise?