ON THE TRACK OF UNKNOWN ANIMALS
Uncommon first US printing of this classic of cryptozoology.
Very good plus in very good plus jacket.
ON THE TRACK OF UNKNOWN ANIMALS
"Have pity on them all, for it is we who are the real monsters."
As we know (regarding Animals), there are known knowns. These are animals we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are animals that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are animals we don't know we don't know. It is with regard to this third group that Bernard Heuvelmans, onetime jazz singer and spiritual Father of Cryptozoology, excels; he knows them, and has brought pictures.
This first English translation of Sur la Piste des Bêtes Ignorées, "in many respects better than the original French edition published in 1955" (per the author's acknowledgements), invites the reader to follow Heuvelmans's expansive, discursive tour of mysterious reptiles, mammals, and manimals: from those whose reputation precedes them (the Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster), to those long departed from the Earth, unless they aren't (the thylacine, the archaeopteryx), to those known only to their closest neighbors (the tsomgomby of Madagascar, the waitoreke of New Zealand, the Tatzelwurm of Bavaria). An essential reference.
First American edition. New York: Hill and Wang, (1958). 8.5'' x 5.5''. Translated by Richard Garnett. Introduction by Gerard Durrell. Original red cloth. In original unclipped ($7.50) dust jacket. Illustrated with 120 drawings by Monique Watteau and numerous black and white photographs. 557,  pages. Previous owner's name in pen to front free endpaper. Light foxing to top edge. Jacket spine sunned; moderate edgewear with a few small tears to spine ends and one small chip to lower edge of rear panel; minor traces of soil.
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