Beautifully illustrated and intriguing to read, 99 Livesoffers something new about the beloved cat-a cultural history in which we meet legendary figures of the feline kingdom through the ages and around the world. Brimming with cat lore, myth, and history, this fascinating ramble through the ages takes the cat's eye view of such notable times and cultures as ancient Egypt, medieval Europe, and czarist Russia. We learn the stories of 99 particular cats of great distinction and renown-from Oscar, a World War II seafaring cat, to the Siamese honored at the coronation of the King of Siam. We also meet ordinary, real-life cats who have done extraordinary things, like Josie, who warned her owners of a coming earthquake. More than 140 images by esteemed artists and photographers capture the enigmatic feline personality and make this a richly enjoyable celebration. Cat owners may well recognize shades of their own cats in the pages of this delightful book, perfect for everyone whose imagination has been caught by the cat's supreme self-possession, sensuality, and mystery.