The story revolves around Jerome Rosch. Rosch, whose name is spelled several ways, and whose dates seem quite forgotten, worked with Albrecht Durer. Bell is certain that Durer engraved the wood blocks for none of his prints, that Rosch did all the engraving. The Emperor (Maxmillian I, 1459 – 1519) patronized artists and scholars and visited Durer's studio, to praise and prod. The Holy Roman Emperor also visited Rosch's studio.
In Scott's account:
These visits of the Kaiser to the artist are distinguished by another anecdote. Rosch was fond of cats, and these cats, sitting on all the seats or tables, did not put themselves about when the Emperor called; hence, it is said, arose the adage, "A cat may look at a king."
This is our contribution to World Book and Copyright Day. This UNESCO holiday, observed now for 22 years, is widely noted except for the UK. The Brits call a day in early March World Book Day. Perhaps because they regard April 23 as a national holiday.