This little book is one of the most delightful books about dogs I have ever encountered. Dogs in Books - A Celebration of Dog Illustration Through the Ages, written by Catherine Britton; was recently published by Mark Batty Publisher in New York in collaboration with The British Library
This is from the Publisher's website: "As the saying goes, dogs are man’s best friend. 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, featuring more than thirty famous dogs, from Tintin’s white Wire Fox Terrier Snowy, to Lassie, Toto, and Snoopy, as well as dogs from Shakespeare, Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens, and many more well-known authors".
The illustrations are absolutely charming and the historical references to dogs throughout the literary world is very interesting.
It is so nice to see such recognition of our canine friends in these books. As stated on the back cover; "From narrating an entire story to rescuing our hero, these dogs are critical characters in these books, demonstrating the timelessness of our undying love and respect for dogs and proving that they have always been more than just a pet.
"More than just a pet"......how very, very true.