The Cat

I came across this picture on a postcard I bought years ago. It reminds me of how much I would love to have a cat (which is impossible, because I live in an apartment and am horribly allergic to cat hairs) to share my love of books.

Je souhaite dans ma maison:
Une femme ayant sa raison,
Un chat passant parmi les livres
Des amis en toute saison
Sans lesquels je ne peux pas vivre.

"The cat" in Le Bestiaire ou Cortè d’Orphée, by Guillaume Apollinaire, first published by Deplanche, 1911; illustrated by Raoul Dufy, woodcut, 33.0 x 25.2 cm.