A Natural History of Mermaids is a meticulously detailed field notebook containing all there is to know about the natural history of mermaids from around the world.
In 1872, intrepid (fictional) explorer Darcy Delamare disguised herself as a man to claim a place on board the (real life) scientific expedition of the HMS Challenger.
She made a record of her findings on the trip, recounting the extraordinary sea creatures she witnessed:
creatures that, until now, nobody had believed really existed... mermaids!
Following on from the beautiful A Natural History of Fairies
and A Natural History of Magick,
this beautifully illustrated vintage album
is filled with descriptions and illustrations of Delamare's findings, from tales of mermaids in ancient lore
to more recent sightings
as well as facts on the beliefs and superstitions
surrounding these elusive creatures.
Children will delight in discovering the anatomy, behaviour and lifecycles of the Merfolk
and how they have hidden themselves from human discovery over millennia. Pore over the anatomy of tails, learn how these mysterious creatures communicate and immerse yourself in their underwater world.
The Folklore Field Guides
series is a charming collection of beautifully illustrated handbooks on topics of lore and legend. Fascinating facts
are accompanied by breathtaking illustrations,
all presented in an engaging narrative form.