Long Before Cats Were Dominating The Internet, They Were Dominating Religious Texts

The Art of Google Books points us to “inky cat footprints” found on the 1675 edition of Clavis Bibliorum: The key of the Bible, unlocking the richest treasury of the Holy Scriptures. Whereby the 1 order, 2 names, 3 times, 4 penmen, 5 occasion, 6 scope, and 7 principall parts, containing the subject-matter of every book of Old and New Testament, are familiarly and briefly opened : for the help of the weakest capacity in the understanding of the whole Bible, by Puritan clergyman Francis Roberts.

Sadly, Wikipedia did not appear to know if Roberts had a cat, and my Oxford Dictionary of National Biography subscription’s expired, so that’s out.

You can see the entire digitized Clavis Bibliorum here.

Thanks, John!