Australian Parrots and Cockatoos
Paintings by Neville Cayley
Text by J. H. Prince
(the Royal Zoological Society of NSW Collection)
Popular Books, 1988, [Reprinted August], ISBN 0730100820, illustrated title page, illustrated end-papers, full page colour illustrations throughout, large hardcover with illustrated laminated boards
Very Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, some rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, some rubbing and markings to covers, no inscriptions, (see photographs)
“Until this book was first published in 1980, Neville Cayley’s superb collection of paintings had not been available to the general public for over forty years.
Commissioned privately for the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales in 1940, they comprise a unique memorial to the artistic genius and ornithological acumen of one of the world’s outstanding bird painters.
Yet the intrinsic value of this collection is not only in the marvellous observation and splendour of the paintings themselves; it is also in the nature of the subject matter. While there are parrots and their relatives in South America, Africa and India, as well as one or two unusual species in New Zealand, this collection of birds is unique for its solely Australian coverage. As such it is a prized possession of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales. Also that many of the birds painted are either endangered, vanishing, rare or now extinct.”