In the Wake of the Sea-serpents by Bernard Heuvelmans soon to be presented for sale on the impressive BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: New York: Hill & Wang, 1968, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Chronological tables; Black & white plates; Black & white drawings; Maps;
From the cover: When On the Track of Unknown Animals was published by Hill and Wang in 1959, its author, Dr. Bernard Heuvelmans, was praised by scientists and reviewers all over the world. (See the back of the jacket for a few of their comments. ) Now, after fifteen years of research, Dr. Heuvelmans does for the sea-serpent what he so convincingly did for unknown land animals.
Like the Abominable Snowman (of which Dr. Heuvelmans wrote in On the Track), sea-serpents have on the one hand been ridiculed by skeptics and on the other made the subject of fantastic speculations. There is only one way to settle the question of the sea-serpents existence: examine the evidence. And for this task no one is better qualified than Dr. Heuvelmans. His thoroughgoing investigations of over five hundred reported sightings they come from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans and span the years 1693 to 1965 of animals thought to be sea-serpents are models of scientific probing and precision, which leave the reader convinced that sea-serpents do in fact exist. Heuvelmans quite willingly calls a hoax a hoax, rejects the doubtful, and accepts only that which can be proved. He has been able to pin down seven distinct types of sea-serpents. Their convenient in-formal names are Long-Necked, Merhorse, Many-Humped, Many-Finned, Super-Otter, Super-Eel, and Marine-Saurian. The book concludes with chronologies of sightings, strandings, and captures.
This translation by Richard Garnett (who also translated On the Track) from Le Grand Serpent de Mer includes a condensed version of Dr. Heuvelmans book on the giant squid.
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 645 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5¾”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I sweet-talk you into considering additional gorgeous books that are part of my Natural History catalogue?