The appearance of the coelacanth was like a gigantic tidal wave which washed me violently from my path held me in its grip carried me along and set my feet on a quest that dominated some of the best years of my life jlb smith old fourlegs the story of the coelacanth. 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 africas prime minister into authorising the dispatch of a military plane makes the climax to a highly dramatic story. Mike brutons the annotated old fourlegs includes a facsimile reprint of the original book to which he has added notes and images in the margins that provide an interesting and revealing commentary on smiths text as well as new introductory and explanatory chapters that bring the coelacanth story up to date. Old fourlegs the story of the coelacanth by smith jlb and a great selection of related books art and collectibles available now at abebookscom. Smith published old fourlegs the story of the coelacanth in 1956 a book that was later translated into seven languages although the american version omitted the nickname in the title it may be read online at the open library
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