Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons

Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons


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For true believers only, a lavishly illustrated reproduction of a legendary volume by the world’s most distinguished dragonologist. Don’t let it fall into the wrong hands!

Do you believe in dragons? Now, for the first time, the long-lost research of renowned nineteenth century dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake is presented in all its eccentric glory, happily bridging the gap between dragon legend and fact. The meticulous Dr. Drake assigns Latin names to various dragon species, ruminates on why dragons are able to speak, speculates on how they could fly, and explains the true purpose of their notorious hoarding habits. Here are just a few of DRAGONOLOGY'S fascinating features:

— Novelty item on every spread, including tactile samples of dragon wings, dragon scales, and dragon skin
— Booklet of dragon riddles (indispensable to the burgeoning dragonologist)
— Sealed envelope containing a powerful dragon-calling spell
— Embossed faux leather cover with silver foil, encrusted with three dragon gems

In his afterword, Dr. Drake reveals that one of the crucial goals of dragonologists is to preserve the magnificent creatures of their study wherever possible - a goal this tongue-in-cheek volume most affectionately achieves. An incomparable gift for secret dragonologists everywhere!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763623296
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 10/15/2003
Series: Ologies Series
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 65,369
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile: IG1220L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Dr. Ernest Drake is said to have lived in St. Leonard’s Forest, Sussex, England, in the late nineteenth century and to have issued a very limited run — some 100 copies — of Dragonology in 1895. A noted dragonologist and a founding member of the Secret & Ancient Society of Dragonologists in London, Dr. Ernest Drake was determined to bring the subject of dragons under the burgeoning umbrella of the nineteenth-century natural sciences. He had absolutely no doubt that dragons exist, and his notes suggest that he had no little experience of them. Apparently, only one copy of Dragonology ever appeared in public, surfacing in the basement of a secondhand bookstore in London in 1987. The book was accompanied by a letter, dated 1904, addressed to an unnamed apprentice. Dr. Ernest Drake’s painstaking work has been faithfully reproduced in this unique volume.

Douglas Carrel, Chief Draughtsman: A native of Scotland, Douglas Carrel was clearly a dragonologist of some standing, and often accompanied Dr. Drake on some of his more fruitful expeditions. In a letter from Constantinople to the editor he says, "It is with considerable sense of honour, and no small amount of pride, that I lend my hand to the compiling of this most worthy volume . . . Ultimately, I feel that all of us—within this privileged circle in particular—are duty-bound to preserve and perpetuate the love and lore of dragons."

Helen Ward, Scientific Artist: Helen Ward trained as an illustrator at Brighton School of Art, although it is not known exactly when she came into contact with Dr. Drake. However a quote from her autobiography makes some things clear: "As a child I dreamed of dragons. When age allowed, I traveled. Unfortunately, several expeditions to Europe and one to that part of Russia known as Finland specifically to capture the likeness of a live dragon have ended in failure. The creatures seemed deliberately elusive . . .. With the help of descriptions, notes, and detailed drawings made by others I have managed to illustrate these majestic creatures to the satisfaction of those more fortunate and better-informed dragonologists." 

Wayne Anderson, Pictorial Artist: Interested in cryptozoology from an early age, Wayne Anderson first came into contact with S.A.S.D. at one of their meetings in Wyvern Way in London. It was after a couple of trips with Drake—to the Alps in 1878 and to Scotland in 1880—that Wayne realized his early dragon drawings were, in fact, more life-like than he could have realised. Like most of the other collaborators on Dragonology, he has contributed to many other books for children. He enjoyed a fruitful collaboration with Helen Ward that resulted in books such as The Tin Forest and The Dragon Machine.

Nghiem Ta, Artistic Direction: Dr. Drake met Nghiem Ta in the Fukien (now Fujian) Province of China where she was working in her grandfather's bookshop. Their shared interest in dragons became evident when he showed her a copy of the fabled Dragon Sutra of Hong Wei, which the monks of that monastery made for him as a gift. He asked Miss Ta if such a revered object could be bound into a book and was so impressed with her work that he later invited her to London to oversee the creation of Dragonology.

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Dragonology: Tracking and Taming Dragons: A Deluxe Book and Model Set 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I looked at it in the store and my first exspression was 'Every child in the world would love this book'This is such an awesome book.I've read Wizardology and this auther is amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Doctor Drake does it again with dragonology. What a map, so many types, such a big world, Spells and magic everywhere, Air. Speed. Fire. Dragons! The world fire-breathing beasts thought to be evil, but very gentle when being trained.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Anyone who reads it will simply fall into the world of dragons! Very convincing and realistic. I respect other reviewers opinions, but I think that every bit of this book must be 100% true! You can feel the dragon skin and wing membrane samples and notice their leathery texture. you stare into the eye of the dragon 'on the back cover' and quake from the gaze that is returned. With this book, you can imagine the magestic power that is displayed by dragons, and know that they are a truly awesome, and endangered, species, and must be protected from extinction. Great for dragonologists and cryptozoologists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gorgeous book and perfect for the older child who loves all things dragon. (8-12).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coolest book ever per my 11 year old nephew
DebiD More than 1 year ago
A++++++ for children of any age, or the dragon enthusiast..definately recommend
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is amasing no doubt about it but before you buy it I would suggest the book TRACKING AND TAMING DRAGONS to give you a basic knoledge.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because there are things from dragons you can touch. For example, you can touch shedded skin from an asian lung dragon and a wing membrane from a frost dragon. I also liked reading about different dragon spells such as a spell for invisability (temporary) and a dragon protecting spell (also temporary). There is interesting information about all kinds of dragons.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is an entertaining addition to the lore on dragonkind. Perfect for the youngster obsessed with mythology or medieval fantasy. Adults may enjoy the book, but seeing as it is tailored more to kids they may find it a little cheezy at times. While the book's size (height by width) adds to its charm, it can make it an awkward thing to place on a bookshelf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book maybe called a children's book, but it's great for every one. I rate it right up there with Dinatopia. It's details regarding dragons throughout the world is insightful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
to say i have an imaginative child is an understatement. he craves more fantasy and loves to mix it in with non-fiction and make great learning games out of it all. this book is perfect for him (and his two younger brothers!). he loves the textures and all the extras and i know he's going to cherish it for a very long time. i'm really excited about the whole series like this one--great job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for an imaginative gifted child. The book is beautiful with lots of tactile insets and extras that appeal to young kids. The content is much more advanced than your average touch and feel type book. The artwork is incredible. My son really likes the Harry Potter books and the reading level is about the same, but its just a gorgeous 'look what I have' book. The abundance of dragon types in this book also appeals to the collector in him. This is the first book I remember buying him that he actually slept with and toted around. He will pop over and sit on my lap and read some interesting fact in it to me. I can't wait on the next one, Egyptology, to come out on October 25!
cyberA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An ingenus flip up fantasy book based on dragons.
ElenaEstrada on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dragonology written by Dr. Ernest Drake is a wonderfully illustrated book with amazing pictures depicting the supernatural creatures known as dragons. The book reads like a science book in that it is divided into chapters that include the ¿Biology and Psychology of Dragons¿ and in that it includes detailed illustrations and explanations of dragons and their origins all over the world. Data such as dates and descriptions add to the ¿validity¿ of the information. I loved that the pictures are beautifully colored and that it is a large book where the reader may enjoy all the illustrations. The book includes fold outs that allowed the publishers to include extra information beyond the regular page. The pages also have scrapbook appeal as it includes items such as samples of ¿dragon specimens¿ that the reader may feel with his fingers but may not easily remove from the book since they are imbedded into the heavy paper that includes two layers. The author not only includes scientific information about dragons, but also adds depth to the dragon my developing many characteristics of dragons. For example, in Chapter IV the book has a creative pop out book of ¿Riddles and Puzzles¿ that may be used to distract a dragon in case of an emergency. The author states that, ¿Dragons are great lovers of riddles, and see them as intellectual and linguistic challenges¿. This is a creative element since it defines the dragon not so much as a senseless killing fire breathing ¿monster¿, but as an intellectual creature with great reasoning capabilities and physical strength. I thought it was an inspiring book for a child with a vivid imagination.Ages 7 and up
pegasusdreaming on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Suberb book, rich in colour and description, enthralling in intricate detail.Dr. Drake has an enquiring, far fetched imagination that takes more than putting your tongue in your cheek to dissuade.extremely entertaining and definately food for thought.
herebedragons on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
#63, 2004This is a GORGEOUS book which I picked up serendipitously at Borders (or B&N, can't remember which). It's a facsimile of a book originally published in 1895; a guide for the dragonologist. It's a natural history of dragons, including information on different types of dragons, how to work with and study them, famous dragon slayers and dragonologists - there is tons of great stuff in here. I spent an afternoon diligently translating riddles from the ancient runic dragon language, and yes, my face is reflected in the "dragon eye," which means I have the "innate wisdom and affinities with dragons" to become a true dragonmistress.And, okay, so I know it doesn't really belong in the "nonfiction" section, but it's just beautiful. Lovely illustrations, "dragon scales" and things embedded into the pages, little envelopes with "handwritten" notes inside. What a lot of fun. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who loves dragons. It's one of the more beautiful books in my library.
lauraejensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a gorgeous, impressive book. Bound in red vinyl (?) with silver foil, and a glass dragon eye. No detail is spared, a very tactile, engaging experience. Children will want to handle this fragile book full of maps, fold outs, secret envelopes, riddles, spells, charms. A clever and dry encyclopedic guide to the dragon, everything you wanted to know from 'finding' to 'flying' them. Eccentric, a super find for Harry Potter fans.
SilverDragon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dragonology is just precious. Lots of fun. And did I mention the dragons?
Cripplewings on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dragons, Fantasy Picture book
MartyAllen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Discover the world of dragons with Sir Ernest Drake.The true magic of this book is that it really appeals to all ages. Though aimed at elementary school children, I first discovered it as a teenager and loved it, as did my ten-year-old sister and my forty-plus-year-old father. Plenty of beautifully sketched illustrations make it easy to read, yet the text is presented in such a way as to appeal to older children as well as younger. In addition, there are so many flaps, riddles, and other material to make this an extremely entertaining read for all. It can even be used as a learning tool¿tales about dragon encounters could be used to teach children history and literature and the possible explanations for fiery dragon¿s breath could be used in a science classroom. Matter-of-fact yet fanciful descriptions of dragons make it possible for the suspension of disbelief even after the book is finished¿and make it a book to read over and over again. My favorite aspect is the sheer extent of it¿I found information that even I hadn¿t known before but that, when researched further, proved to be based on actual literature. Recommended highly!
heidilove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
another delightful entry in the beautiful-books catagory. fun, too.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This lavishly illustrated work is just so tactile and it's about dragons, what more could I ask for? Full of little bits to delight the eyes and the senses it's written as if it's a serious science work about dragons with samples of skin and blood and everything.
LadyIrene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dragonology The Complete Book Of Dragons Costco # 846335 $12.69 Retail $19.99ISBN 0763623329-6 By Earnest Drake The Secret and Ancient Society of Dragonologists Candlewick Press Publisher of Rare & Unusual Books.No Doubt but there is non other beeste comparable to the mightie dragon in awaesome power and majestic, and few so worthie of thediligent studies of wise men Gildas Magnus, Ars Draconis 1465These books are very colorful and lots of interactive things to do while enjoying it. There is Dragon Script. And even a note on Dragon Dung :-) A remedy for scaring away savage beasts, during is invaluable in trips to wild regions. Rubbed daily onto the face it is a cure for many skin conditions. There is a warning that male dragons are attracted to it if you use female dung. (So where is the protection?) :-)Afterword: The Work Of A Dragonologist: Be above all prepared. At all times be silent about your work. At all times be secret and Subtle. Do not discuss dragons with people who do not believe inthem, or with those who mearely seek to amuse themselves. Work only with those who share your passion. Learn what you can from all of the other sciences. Cherish all animals. Then one day the world may at last learn to accept the honorable science of dragonology.Conservation: Undoubtedly, this is by far the most pressing concern. As the Earth becomes or populous, the wild regions that are the homeof the dragon become fewer. Unless we dragonologists can take the proper steps, these fantastic beasts may disappear from our worldaltogether, never to be seen again.And Last. Only a few become master dragonologists. Such are reflected in the mystical dragon's eye. Their task is to conserveand protect those few dragons that remain, for who knows how many shall last another century, with the human population growing at such an expential rate? And with them, how many more of Earth's creatures will become eextinct until people start to say they never existed at all, except in our imaginations?For more get the book!I was listening on Native Radio a Catholic Rev. who worked with the Reservations. And he and his host were discussing how the dragons rumble and they are waiting their time to return to above ground. And the Native Indians can tell the difference from an earth quake and a dragon.And you know that dragons were found with chared throats. Proving they did exhist. Not only in our imagination. It is said that all we think has been or will be.
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