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Marbled Wrapper, rotated 90 degrees from the original
Marbled Wrapper from Old Dame Trot and her Comical Cat. Part 1 : 1820. John Bysh, [1820]. PN970 B97 O53 1820 Sheila R. Bourke Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections. PN970_B97_O53_1820

This beautiful marbled paper is a later addition to Old Dame Trot and her Comical Cat, a small illustrated chapbook of Children’s poetry published circa 1820. The McGill Library copy features hand-coloured woodcut illustrations of Dame Trot and her highly capable cat. This small chapbook is only 17 cms by 11 cms. The pages have been stabilized with stiff blue paper mounts which you can see if you browse the volume in our digitized collections in the Internet Archive.

This little cat would make an ideal COVID companion.

This little cat sweeps, cooks, provides musical entertainment, company on the odd outing, and a general touch of delight to every day tasks.

Marbled papers were often used as book wrappers or endpapers. You can explore these beautiful papers from library collections around the globe on Instagram by searching the hashtag #marbledmonday

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