Garfield at Large is the first Garfield comic strip compilation book. It features comics from June 19, 1978 to January 22, 1979. It was first published on September the 16th, 1980. A larger, coloured version was published in 2001.
"Like every great lasagna, Garfield was born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant on a winter's night in 1978, while outside snow fell like grated Parmesan cheese. He weighed five pounds, six ounces at birth — that's big for a kitten! — and right from the start showed a passion for Italian food. The restaurant owner, forced to choose between Garfield and closing his doors for lack of pasta, sold Garfield to a pet store. Garfield thought he was a goner until Jon Arbuckle walked in the door."