691 - Mammals

African mammals 69
Australian mammals 70
North American mammals 70
European mammals 71
Asian mammals 71
South American mammals 72
Sea and Air mammals 72

John Leigh-Pemberton was both author and illustrator of this short-lived series, covering mammals from all parts of the world. It was a typical Ladybird theme, both educational, interesting and offering a wide variety of colourful subjects to illustrate. Over the 3 years of the series' life, Leigh-Pemberton covered such diverse creatures as kangaroos, yapoks, banana arts, brindled gnus, wapiti and chamois (the latter gaining much fame as a highly effective window-cleaner)

As well as illustrations and salient facts about each of the creatures, the books contained atlases showing vegetation and habitats of the continent in question, plus an index of the various orders and families the creatures belonged to. In short, they were ideal reference material for scholars both young and old, appealing to our endless fascination for unusual and exotic creatures.

Leigh-Pemberton was one of the companies most reliable servants, starting out with the Book of Garden Flowers in 1960 and continuing for over 20 years. His output was almost exclusively based on flora and fauna, except for the reworking of "Kings & Queens of England", issued in 1981.

As a series, they are not especially easy to collect, with later volumes seeming harder to find than the earlier ones. As far as I know, the series didn't reappear as part of the "natural history" spined books. Curiously enough, the 1973 book by Leigh-Pemberton entitled "Disappearing mammals" was issued as part of the 727 Conservation series.