What Mammal Is That? - Neville W Cayley [Hardback]
The flap blurb:- This magnificent volume is not only an informative reference giving up-to-date information about Australia's unique mammals, but also a celebration of the art of Neville W Cayley.
Neville Cayley was the illustrator of two of the most widely used reference books in the history of Australian zoology: the ever-popular 'What Bird Is That?' and Ellis Troughton's 'Furred Animals of Australia' which, first published in 1931, had no rival for half a century. The paintings from 'Furred Animals', superb examples of Cayley's meticulous and delicate style, now form the backbone of 'What Mammal Is That?'
Cayley's paintings, supplemented where necessary by the exquisite drawings of artist Peter Schouten, illustrate on full-colour plates every native mammal known to have existed in Australia since the first of these were described in the eighteenth century until 1986. They range from the egg-laying Platypus to marsupial kangaroos, from native bats and rodents to the sea-going mammals that visit Australian shores. Some of the species depicted have become extinct: others that have been recently discovered are illustrated here for the first time. In addition to the colour plates, full-colour illustrations appear beside the descriptions of each species.
Written by Ronald Strahan, Executive Officer of the National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife, the text is concise and authoritative. It not only gives information about the habitat, distribution, and feeding and breeding habitats of each species, but also describes the wider groups and families to which these mammals belong.
'What Mammal Is That?' is a brilliant visual and written record of Australia's native mammals. By itself, or as the perfect companion to 'What Bird Is That?', 'What Mammal Is That?' is a book to treasure.
Contents pages are shown in photos 3 & 4.
270 pages. Published by Angus & Robertson in 1987 [1st Edition]. ISBN 1-207-15325-6 [ISBN 9780207153259 on back]. [Approx 31.5 x 23 x 3cms & 1590g].
This beautiful hardback is in very good condition with pages clean. The dust cover shows some signs of use/storage as per photos 1 & 10, mainly the plasticy layer showing up every scratch. There is spotting along the top edge of the closed pages, some fading of the spine, and a little rubbing of both the the dust cover and the hardcover itself on top and bottom, mostly towards the spine, all from life in a bookcase. That all sounds like a lot as I've mentioned every fault, but it still remains a lovely book.
Also have some other books on the natural world and native animals listed separately at present.
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- Date Listed:13/10/2019
- Last Edited:13/10/2019
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