Poodlestan, A Poodle’s Eye View of History
Henry, Paul-Marc. Poodlestan, A Poodle’s Eye View of History. First Edition. 1965. Book and dust jacket are both in very good minus condition—white jacket shows rubbing and mild soiling, and an enclosed newspaper clipping about the book has caused discoloration to the endpapers. Illustrated by Peter Ustinov.
Ever wonder how Marie Antoinette’s beloved dog Thisbé fared in the Revolution? This humorous but factual book examines world history and economics as it appears to Paul-Marc Henry’s poodle Bête Noir. Many of the stories (such as Thisbé’s are true), but the polish is pure farce. Henry skillfully uses the poodle as a bellwether for human follies and fashions. Yes, the illustrator Peter Ustinov is the famous actor. His illustrations include the canine companions of Machiavelli, Goethe, and Nietzsche.
“Thisbe drank milk every day and ate cake while her lowly cousins had to go without bread.”