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On the Track of Unknown Animals (Hardcover, Dust Jacket, Vintage)
Originally published in French, this is the first American printing of this text.
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ACCEPTABLE: The dust jacket is improperly folded around the book. It appears this may have been the result of the original manufacturing process as there is no crease where it normally would appear. Also, the book is slightly skewed indicating it was not properly stored on a shelf.
The page edges are dirty and have been cleaned as best they could be. The actual page faces themselves are in excellent condition for a book of this age. There is no writing within the book.
“At the beginning of the nineteenth century Georges Cuvier, the ‘Father of Palaeontology,’ categorically stated that there was little hope that any large animals were still unknown. Since then have been discovered the largest species of bear and gorilla, a white rhinoceros, the pygmy elephant and hippopotamus, the bizarre okapi and the fabulous-looking Komodo dragon, and dozens of other large and unusual animals.”—from the inside front cover flap.
Complete with pictures and pen-and-ink drawings, the author looks at everything from the abominable snowman to Australopithecus and Pterodactyl fossils to trace histories and determine if these and other animals exist or ever did.
Part One – The Great Days of Zoology are not Done
1. There are Lost Worlds Everywhere
2. Cuvier’s Rash Dictum
3. The Survivors from the Past
Part Two – The Man-Faced Animals of South-East Asia
4. Nittaewo, the Lost People of Ceylon
5. Orang Pendek, the Ape-Man of Sumatra
6. The Not so Abominable Snowman
Part Three – The Living Fossils of Oceania
7. The Surrealist Dinosaur of New Guinea
8. The Incredible Australian Bunyips
9. The Queensland Marsupial Tiger
10. The Moa, a Fossil that may Still Thrive
11. Waitoreke, the Impossible New Zealand Mammal
Part Four – Riddles of the Green Continent
12. The Patagonian Giant Sloth
13. The Giant Anaconda and Other Inland “Sea-Serpents”
14. Apes in Green Hell
Part Five – The Giants of the Far North
15. The Mammoth of the Taiga
Part Six – The Terrors of Africa
16. Three Large Pygmies: the Forest Rhinoceros, the Water Elephant and the Spotted Lion
17. The Nandi Bear, an East African Proteus
18. Mngwa, the Strange One
19. The Little Hairy Men
20. The Dragon St. George Did Not Kill
21. Kongamato, the Last Flying Dragon
Part Seven – The Lesson of the Malagasy Ghosts
22. Tratratratra, Vorompatra, etcetra
- Heuvelmans, Bernard
- Hill and Wang
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