This twelfth impression, 1956 copy of T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's book of Practical cats includes fifteen poems about fantastical cats, their personalities and peccadilloes. This is the only book Eliot ever wrote specifically for a younger audience. Cats with names as wonderful as Mungojerrie, Rumpelteazer and Skimbleshanks are written about in a fun, light hearted, humorous way which will entertain the young and the old alike. The infamous Macavity the Mystery Cat, modeled on Sherlock Holmes nemesis, Professor Moriarty, is also featured in the book.
The book is in good condition. The dustjacket is tanned around all edges (approx 1.5cm deep) and on the spine, and has several small tears along the top at the front and one at the foot of the spine. The yellow board hardcover beneath this, with red illustration on the front, is in mint condition. Inside the cover and the front end paper have tanning marks (see photos). Aside from page 18, which bears a small brown mark on the left hand edge, the pages are all clean and bright and the binding firm.