The Audubon Society Book of Wild Cats

by Les Line and Edward R. Ricciuti. Abrams, $50.00. The authors describe the territories and habits of cats large, small, and medium with the humorless determination that afflicts all too much nature writing these days. Never mind. The photographs, by a number of camera experts, are superbly beautiful and appealing, and easily arouse, as the flat-footed text does not, concern for the protection and survival of all these handsome animals, from the formidable tiger to the modest serval, whose ears have been described, correctly, as “preposterous.” There is no information on the equipment or circumstances behind the photographs, although one would rather like to know, for example, how long the photographer perched in a snow-covered tree before the lynx ambled by.