The Manatee by Nancy Bruff, 1945
Synopsis: MUTINY...MURDER...DESIRE...were Captain Jabez Folger's pleasures. He loved nothing on land or sea but his ship, The Manatee, and the voluptuous sea-goddess who rode her bow. But Jabez Folger had a wife - wedded and bedded in one of the rare fits of humanity that made him seem like other men.
The Manatee is the bold, nakedly revealing story of his savage mismating...of the strange children he sired...of the unspeakable act that sealed his fate - and of the one secret he guarded, the secret of his devotion to depravity.
- 1945 copy of The Manatee by Nancy Bruff
- wartime edition; conserves paper to support the war effort
- hardcover, no dust jacket
- there are some tears in the corner of the first couple of pages (see photos), though it doesn't affect readability