Old Fourlegs (first edition) - J. L. B. Smith
Condition: Longmans, Green & co. 1956 first edition hardback. Good. Dust jacket has some damage, paper loss, chipping along top edge. The book itself is in an excellent condition considering its age, sturdy and intact with secure binding.
"In 1938 a South African trawler caught a very peculiar creature. Astounded by its appearance, Professor J. L. B. smith decided it must be a coelacanth, a type of prehistoric fish known only from fossils and believed to have become extinct at least 50 million years ago.
To find more specimens became his life-task. He searched the ocean of Eastern Africa. He distributed thousands of leaflets offering a reward. For 14 years he sought in vain.
Suddenly came a telegram: a coelacanth had been caught off a tiny island far from the mainland. Professor Smith was frantic. Transport must be got before the fish decayed in the tropical heat. How he browbeat South Africa's Prime Minister into authorizing the dispatch of a military plane makes the climax to a highly dramatic story." ~ Amazon.
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