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“She held his head above the water, and then let the waves carry them whither they pleased”.Hans C. Andersen, The Little Mermaid, illustration by Helen Stratton // vintage black & white, fairy tale/story

Ocean Siren (Mermaid), from EB Hudspeth's The Resurrectionist, a two-part volume that includes The Codex Extinct Animalia, "a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts"

Mythological creatures are cooler when they're anatomically correct

Ocean Siren (Mermaid), from EB Hudspeth's The Resurrectionist, a two-part volume that includes The Codex Extinct Animalia, "a Gray’s Anatomy for mythological beasts"

"Fairy tales of Hans Andersen" (1908) illustrated by Helen Stratton (часть первая)

"Fairy tales of Hans Andersen" (1908) illustrated by Helen Stratton (часть первая)

WILLIAM STOUT-- I like the idea of my species being able to go under water, the princess would act like this, curious about other animals, unafraid. But not a mermaid obviously.

Fairy tales of Hans Andersen (1908)illustrated by Helen Stratton  The ground was strewn with the most delicate sand, but blue as the flames of sulphur.  The whole atmosphere was of a peculiar blue tint that would have led you to believe you were hovering high up in the air, with the clouds above and below you, rather than standing at the bottom of the sea.

Fairy tales of Hans Andersen (1908)illustrated by Helen Stratton The ground was strewn with the most delicate sand, but blue as the flames of sulphur. The whole atmosphere was of a peculiar blue tint that would have led you to believe you were hovering high up in the air, with the clouds above and below you, rather than standing at the bottom of the sea.

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