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Lost Sea Serpent Book?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 2nd, 2010


Gloucester Sea Serpent

Does anyone know of this book? Have it in your collection?

Scientific American
Vol 4 no 42, 1849 July 7, page 330

Sea Serpent Book.
Mr. John Bartlett of Cambridge Mass., has in the course of publication a book on the Sea Serpent. this work will contain a story of the monster and all about his swallowing a man, and also about his visit to Nahant, Gloucester and other places, together with all that is known on the subject of sea serpent by all the Savants in the world. The work will be illustrated with cuts, in which his head will be visible a long ways above the water. The price is only 37 1/2 cents.

Thanks to J, Brænne for the item.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


7 Responses to “Lost Sea Serpent Book?”

  1. oldphilosopher responds:

    Would this not be the same “John Bartlett”, 1820 – 1905, who once owned the Harvard bookstore and who is most famous for Bartlett’s Quotations? If so, Harvard’s special collections might include his other books.

  2. adamn responds:

    Hey Loren follow the link to an electronic version of the book. if you are looking for a hard copy, its on Amazon, I believe.
    P.S. the book is called A Romance of a Sea Serpent

    http://books.google.ca/books?
    id=fJEZAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=a+romance+of+the+sea+serpent++sea+serpent&source=bl&ots=xG5oElam8L&sig=to93YrnYNv9KO_Pqd2_hoJPNu60&hl=en&ei=ytVWTOq7HoTCsAPMn-WyBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

  3. Shelley responds:

    Whenever you are looking for American or Colonial printed material before 1876, the American Antiquarian Society in Worchester MA is your best bet. They have been around for nearly 125 years and have been trying to gather everything. I have a friend there and I sent her this posting, so perhaps they may have it.

    As a retired librarian, I am rather embarrassed to say that as a profession we are very conventional about assigning subject headings to books, so probably the terms that cryptozoologists use are not the same as the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Computers and data bases have made it easier to add multiple access points, though, above and beyond the stodgy LCSH.

  4. charles responds:

    No mystery, it is the compilation of Eugene Batchelder entitled
    “A romance of the sea serpent, or, The ichthyosaurus. Also, a collection of the ancient and modern authorities, with letters from distinguished merchants and men of science.”

    published by Bartlett in 1849. Available at good national libraries worldwide.

  5. greatanarch responds:

    I did a quick search of the New York Public Library site and found:

    A romance of the sea serpent, or, The ichthyosaurus. [By Wave, pseud.] Also, a collection of the ancient and modern authorities, with letters from distinguished merchants and men of science.

    So the book got published. It also adds:

    Batchelder, Eugene, 1822-1878
    Cambridge, [Mass.] J. Bartlett, 1849.

    so I guess he published it under the Batchelder synonym.

  6. greatanarch responds:

    Sorry, for synonym read pseudonym! Please edit , Loren.

  7. greatanarch responds:

    The British Library has this too. Interestingly, they hold it as

    ( Wright American fiction ; v. 1, 1774-1850, no. 282)

    which suggests it might be of limited usefulness as source material…



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