First edition, first printing. Publisher's original brown cloth with titles in black to the spine, in dustwrapper. Illustrated with 8 black and white plates and 17 in-text maps and figures. A very good or better copy, the binding square and firm with minor fading to the spine and a little rubbing to the extremities. The contents with scattered light foxing to the prelims and page edges are otherwise clean throughout and free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps. Complete with the original dustwrapper which has loss to the join between the rear cover and flap (affecting both), a little chipping to spine ends, a couple of small closed tears to the centre of the spine panel, a 1 inch tear to the head of the upper panel, and a little marking to panels and wear to extremities. Not price-clipped (12/6 net to the spine).
Gould's exploration of a number of famous but unexplained historical events. "Among his enigmas are such baffling problems as the vocal Memnon, the Barisal Guns, the longevity of Old Parr, and the existence of giants in Patagonia. He discusses the claims of Morrell to the discovery of 'New South Greenland', and of those various gentlemen to have turned base metals into gold; the agency, supernatural or otherwise, which rang the Bealings Bells; the truth about the canals of Mars; and the identity of the island where Columbus made his famous landfall". Scarce in the dustwrapper.
Stock code: 18100