1st.ed., 1976. (ix) + 260 pp., 65 photo & other ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. A history of submarines and submersibles from the earliest crude conception in the 14th century, to the most sophisticated nuclear submarines of the mid-1970’s. The author examines in detail the first underwater vessel in 1578 and includes the diving bell, bathysphere, the bathyscaphe, etc. He describes the functions of underwater vessels, their use in war, scientific research and in examining the geology of the ocean bed. Illustrated with 65 photographs, etc., an appendix lists the evolution of diving machines from 333 B.C. to A.D. 1972. A HISTORY OF MAN’S FASCINATION WITH UNDERWATER TRAVEL. FINE COPY.