Books: Out of the Belfry

THE WORLD OF BATS. Photographs by Nina Leen, text by Alvin Novick. 171 pages. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. $23.95.

Photographer Nina Leen and Physiologist Alvin Novick have freed the oat from the ignominy of Dore infernos and Transylvanian castles. Myths and tears concerning these shy nocturnal mammals are gently and gracefully blown away with the turning of each page in this unique contribution to the literature of natural history.

Of the 1,200 known varieties of bats the vampire, for example, turns out to be one of the easiest to domesticate. Weighing but an ounce, it...

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