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Authors: Hans and Lotte Hass
OTHER TITLES BY HANS AND LOTTE HASS
|GIRL ON THE
by Lotte Hass. Transleted by Eva and Robin Sawers.
First published in Great Britain 1972, by George Harrap & Co. Ltd.
Copyrighted in Germany in 1970.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 166 pages, mono plates throughout.
"The trouble with men is that they don't like competition from women...." This is the biography of the famous and beautiful Lotte Baierl who married Hans Hass and no doubt helped make him the remarkable man that he is. What a wonderful couple they are. [xps]
UNDER THE SEVEN SEAS. Hans Hass
Translated from the German Ich fotografierte in den 7 Meeren by James Cleugh.
First published in Great Britain in 1956. Jarrolds Publishers (London) Ltd.
NOTE: The title of the EAST
German edition is Ich tauchte in den 7 Meeren.
INTO THE UNKNOWN. Hans Hass.
A Report on the Expedition of the Research Ship Xarifa to the Maldive Islands and the Nicobar Islands on a series of 26 Television Films.
Originally published in GErman by Vwerlag Ullstein Gmbl in 1961. This English edition published in 1965 by Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) London.
Theexpedition took place in 1957-1958. Nowadays the book would be promoted along with the television series. It covers observaations not only of the marine environment, but also of the peoples of these islands. Both the MALdives and Nicobar Islands are in the Indian Ocean.
Hardcover, dust jacket, larger format ( A4 size), 166 pages, many mono photographs, and a few full page colour prints.
books are identical in every way except for the covers and titles: the
first of each pair is published in the USA, the second in Great Britain.
CHALENGING THE DEEP. Hans Hass.
Published by William Morrow and Co. Inc. NEw York, 1973.
TO UNPLUMBED DEPTHS. Hans Hass.
Published by George Harrap & Co. Ltd, 1972
German edition: IN UMBERUHRTE TIEFEN. Hans Hass.
Original German edition published by Verlag Fritz Molden, 1971.
Chapters include; Hunting Underwater, Among Coral and Sharks, Devil Rays in the Red Sea, Film-Making Against all Odds, A Dream Comes True, On board Xarifa to the Galapogos, and Maldives, Back Under the Red Sea. Also includes comment on Prime Minister Harold Holts death.
Hardcover, dust jacket, 266 pages, many colour plates.
|These two books
are also identical in every way except that the first is published in the
USA, the second in Australia.
MEN BENEATH THE SEA. Hans Hass.
Published by St. MArtin's Press, Inc, New York, 1975.
CONQUEST OF THE UNDERWATER WORLD. Hans Hass.
Published by Lansdowne Press Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1975.
Original German edition published in 1973 by Verlag Fritz Molden.
Three sections: Invasion, Rxpansion and Consequences. Hass has a detailed look at the ecology of the sea, what man is doing to destroy it, and what we hope to gain from the sea. It is more ecologically orientated than his previous books.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 406 pages, many colour plates.
HASS TITLES IN GERMAN
Other than those listed above.
(Photo Hunt at the Bottom of the Sea - Google Translation)
Subtitle: Erlebnis und technik der unterwasserfotografie
(Experience and Technology of Underwater Photography - Google Translation)
Published by: I M Heering-Verlag in Harzburg, Germany in 1942. The lower image is the softcover.
Hardback - 220 printed pages. Dimensions: 22 cms tall by 16.5 cms wide.
It seems really strange to me that a book of this quality can be published in the height of a world war. The book contains many photographs, in fact it claims 104, many of which are full page and even more surprising, there are 8 full page colour plates. All the book show Hans Hass and his friends "goggling" or breath hold diving, many with spear and spearfishing - the only exceptions showing them diving with an open helmet with air line to the surface and a picture of a diver in an open helmet at an aquarium in Chicago. Unfortunately, I cannot comment on the text but many of the photographs included appear again in later books. [pt] See Pat Baker's review below.
(Advancing into the Deep). Published in 1972
This one you might find realy strange. It's published by the fuel company Esso and you could collect cards when you filled up your gas tank. It's a general underwater book with nice photographs (sort of a light version of Seven Seas.) Some of the colour plates are paste-in, so I presume these were collected also. [ps]
A special thankyou to Alexander Becker of the Netherlands for his descriptions, and sending me a copy of this rather unique book.
Abenteuer in der Karibischen Sea.
Published in 1959 by Im Verlag Ullstein.
English translation of title: In Coral and Sharks - Adventures in the Caribbean Sea.
Dedicated to Guy Gilpatric.
From Alexander Becker: This an account of his first trip in the Caribean sea in 1939. He was a teenager then: spear fishing, sharkencounters.
filmaking problems due to the outbreak of the war. Explanation how he got his beard.
Published in 1977
Describes sharks in general and
analysis of shark attacks.
|MANTA - TEUFEL
IM ROTEN MEER. Hans Hass
Published 1959 by Verlag Ullstein, Berlin.
Translates from German as MANTA - DEVILS IN (the) RED SEA.
From Alexander Becker: This is an account off his first expedition into the read sea. 1949 He made this one entirely alone. Actualy the manta part isn't that big - more of sharks and wreck diving.
This book is translated into English as UNDER THE RED SEA. Hardcover, dustjacket, 156-162 pages, many mono photographs.[ps]
|ITALIAN LANGUAGE EDITIONS
|MANTA IL DIAVOLO DEL
MAR ROSSO by Hans Hass.
Published in 1952 by Martello. Hardcover and dustjacket, 193 pages with b/w photos.
Original in German is “Manta teufel im rotten meer, see above. English translation: "Manta The Devil of the Red Sea", initially published in English in 1952 as "Under the Red Sea", and in 1953 as "Manta" (see above).
UOMINI E SQUALI by
GUIDA DEL SUBACQUEO –
IL MEDITERRANEO by Hans Hass.
FRA SQUALI E CORALLI
by Hans Hass
ABISSI INVIOLATI by
|FRENCH LANGUAGE EDITIONS
French edition of Men and Sharks.
Books of fine underwater photographs are now commonplace. As beautiful as many of these are I have lost count of the ‘coffee table volumes' featuring the underwater world that have appeared over the past thirty years. However, the first such book, a now very rare volume, appeared in Germany in 1955 and in England the following year.
Hans Hass' I Photographed Under the Seven Seas is an compilation of his photographs, work which had begun just before WWII. On page after page are unique images from Hass' pioneering underwater experiences; the first sub-surface pictures of whale sharks, sperm whales, manta rays and coral gardens. One hundred and forty-eight images richly filling a surprisingly slim, 162 page, quarto sized book. Only a handful of pictures are in colour, reflecting publishing practices of the time rather than photographic ability. Hass had in fact been producing underwater colour since 1939 although the majority of his work was monochrome. (Just three years ago, on being shown some of photographer Wade Hughes' modern black-and -white pictures, he exclaimed "Ah, real photography!".
In this book his pictures, and those of his colleagues and wife, Lotte, were complimented by Hass' description of the ‘Why, Whens and Hows' of his work; the research expeditions as well as the principles and technical details of underwater photography.
All in all, I Photographed Under the Seven Sizeis a true underwater treasure!
Postscript: As ground- (wave-?) breaking as this book is it was not Hans Hass' first underwater photographic publication. In 1942 he produced Fotojagd am Meersgrund, an even more rare 220-page handbook, also photo filled, on what must have seemed at that time the improbable, even impossible, practice of underwater photography.
Some years ago, unable to find an original of Hans Hass' I Photographed under the Seven Seas I asked Helmut Debelius (Ikan publications, photographer, naturalist) if he could keep an eye open for a copy of the German version. He wrote back to say he had been unable to find me one but 'wondered if this was of interest'. I opened the package and there was Hass' 1942 underwater photographic primer, Fotojagd am Meersgrund.
Here for me was a book of dreams; a book of which I was, until that moment, unaware. Although unable to read the German text I was entranced as I turned over page of illustrated page (200 pages, with 104 photographs). My knowledge of Hass' early exploits had been gained from many readings (the first in 1955) of Diving to Adventure. That classic describes the failures of his first photographic attempts and is illustrated with a small selection of his successes. Fotojagd am Meersgrund shows, apparently, the whole collection of underwater pictures from his first,1939/40, Caribbean expedition. Now I could see how he learned from his initial failures and, with impressive self-will, gained success. He was aged 20 but was already sure of the potential for direct biological observations under the sea, with photography an essential tool for communicating this to the widest possible public. Among the illustrations are pictures of aluminium and transparent (German plexiglass?) housings, goggle divers, with and without fins, but usually armed with long fish spears, but mostly, unique pictures of the underwater world. There is a motor drive sequence and several colour plates. Longley and Martin's 1927 National Geographic article showed colour photographs taken on very slow Autochrome glass plates, illuminated, albeit realistically, with a virtual bomb of magnesium flash powder. Hass' photos, taken by available light on the early 35mm, rather subdued, Agfacolor Neu film, are the earliest colour photos I have seen taken by a free-swimming diver. 16mm movie film was shot using tripod mounted camera and bulky diving helmet, before discarding these too to swim freely. (Some of this film can be viewed on The (British) Historical Diving Society's video, Diving From the Past - Into the Future; Part 1).
The book has a forward by ‘The Sea Devil' himself, the raider Count von Luckner, a Great War hero to Germanic youth. In fact Hass bought his first research ship Sea Devil from the Count. He never got to actually operate it as a mobile research base, for it was seized by the Soviets as war booty. However, by 1942, the seeds for the future of modern underwater research and photography had been sown. Within 10 years Hans and Lotte's Xarifa had begun to explore the Oceans, manned by marine scientists and equipped with laboratories and finely engineered still and movie cameras designed by themselves. The world-wide awareness of the underwater world had begun.
Postscript by Peter Stone.
For what appears to be a complete listing of Hans Hass books see
For the home page of Professor Hans Hass see
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