Thursday, May 7, 2009

Daily Book Graphics #76 / Small Mammals of West Africa

These are from the great series, West African Nature Handbooks, I previously posted from West African Snakes from the series in DBG #11. This edition was published in 1960, the illustrations are by Clifford Lees. Following the introduction of the book we find an obituary that tells us that the author, A.H. Booth, died shortly after completing the manuscript. He was only 30 years old. He served as the general editor of the series and had planned to write a guide to large West African Mammals. Africa is so well known for its large mammals that you almost never hear about the wide variety of squirrels, civets, bats and small monkeys that live there. There are many species I'd never heard of before encountering this book. I like Lees' illustration style, particularly the way he uses the backgrounds for context.

1 comment:

Sam said...

These are great images of West AFrican Mammels. I am living in Mali West Africa, starting an environmental education program for school aged youth. We have been encountering some these these creatures. They are fascinating. Keep up the good work. Best wishes.