Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, [1960?]. Hardcover. Duodecimo. 285 pages. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Bound pale yellow cloth over boards with dark gray spine title and upper board illustration, decorated endpapers. Shallow bumps fore corners. Jacket has light rubs and shallow wear to edges, slight foxing overall. Still a bright and graphically pleasing copy of an uncommon book.
Alexander Belyaev was Russia's first sci-fi writer, sometimes called the Russian Jules Verne. Here he spins the story of a reclusive doctor on the coast of South America who gives his son shark gills in a life-saving operation. The son is then mistaken for a sea devil by the coastal villagers. This novel was originally published in the Soviet Union in 1928, and was adapted for film in 1961.
Nicely designed with striking dolphin endpapers. Prior owner inscription dated Odessa, U.S.S.R. on verso of front free endpaper.