"25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy" - limited edition book by Andy Warhol
It was printed in 1954 by Seymour Berlin with Charles Lisanby credited as the author, as he suggested the title, yet there is no text in the book. The calligraphy for the book was done by Julia Warhola, Warhol’s mother.
The lithographs were produced on Arches brand watermarked paper using Warhol’s blotted line technique. The original edition was limited to 190 numbered copies (although there may have been under 150 produced). Each original was hand colored, using Dr. Martin’s ink washes. Most of them were given by Warhol as gifts to clients and friends.
Warhol’s mother left the letter “d” off of the word “Name” in the title and Warhol kept the error in, as he liked the random imperfections which appeared in his creations resulting from the techniques he used. Both Warhol and his mother had a passion for cats and they were all named Sam except for one called Hester. They had so many cats that friends remember them always giving away kittens.
Hand stitched and delightfully colored “illustrations” by Japanese artist Kimika Hara: