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Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons (Ology Series) [Hardcover]

Dugald Steer , Helen Ward , Douglas Carrel , Dr. Ernest Drake , Wayne Anderson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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1 Oct 2003 Ology Series
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!
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Templar Publishing; 1st Edition edition (1 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840115033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840115031
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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67 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragonology - A Complete Book of Dragons 2 Oct 2003
I bought this book yesterday after seeing it in a bookshop sale. I am a huge fan of everything to do with Dragons and thought that this would make a nice addition to my collection. I was immediatly impressed with the cover of the book, extremely well made and the contents of the book were commented on by everybody i showed it to. Written as if it were a sort of diary, it was full of interseting pictures and things to read. there were 'samples' of dragon skin and dragon dust to touch and look at, as well as diagrams on the physiology and biology of dragons, which lift up to reveal the muscle structure, then the bone structure of a dragon.
This book is a must for any fans of Dragons and the mythology surrounding them, not just for its appearance, but you might want to get over how fantastic it looks before you read it!!
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book 5 Jan 2006
I am seventeen and love this book, I think old and young will enjoy it. I love these books so much I have the other two (so far!) Wizardology and egyptology. The detailed imagery is beautiful and the flaps, pockets and books add to the interest. Not forgetting to include the special picture at the back, of a large dragons head containing a gem for the eye. Though for very young children there is alot of writing, but i feel these books can be treasured for years until they do come to reading it.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 20 Jan 2004
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This book turned out to be this years star Christmas present for my daughter. She has not put it down and it accompanies her to school now as well. A magical and "authentic" account of dragons and their background, including some wonderful samples of dragon skin!! The way this book has been written and illustrated makes it totally convincing, even to an adult!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars dragonology 16 Nov 2005
what a wonderful book for children.we bought this book for our son's ninth birthday and he loves it.it is either being read or its under his arm being transported to bed with him.in a lovely way its interactive as he is sharing it with us and feels he is teaching us new things about dragons.its lovely to see him lost in the magical world of dragons long may it last
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Mrs. Alison Taylor VINE VOICE
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This book is excellent - suitable for Adults as well as children. I bought it for inspiration as I make dragons, and I certainly was not disappointed! The book is educational as well as entertaining, also very funny in places. The quality of the book is exceptional, I haven't seen anything like it before - it is amazing. I would recommend this book to anyone. It is excellent value for money!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I bought it for the kids. Really. 21 Oct 2004
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Beatifully done, complete with samples and fold out flaps and so forth to a very high production standard. Lovely artworks, including some by Wayne Anderson, who has to be my personal all-time favourite for spooky, icky, and just plain odd drawings. Very arch text full of turn-of-the-20th-century comments, which will probably whoosh straight over a younger reader's head. But it is hard to define what age this book is aimed at. Most of it can be read for fantasizing fun by a bright seven or eight year old, especially one who has even a passing acquaintance with the Harry Potter genre, which must be the whole planet by now, but they don't get all the jokes. They need to be a careful bright seven or eight year old too, with all these bits. And it is a wry, fun book for adults who can read it and wish their parents had got them books like this when they were young. Somewhere in the middle are older children who would appreciate all of it, but probably haven't yet grown out of claiming they've grown out of books like this. If they have, it's be brilliant for them too. Better buy it for the whole family, then.
The other thing is that there is a wealth of real stuff tucked away in the fantasy text. Darwin is in there, together with some history, a bit of runic alphabet, and some chemistry - beware if your child starts looking around for iron pyrites and flints! so you can kid yourself that it's sort of educational too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding - a must for dragonmaniacs 11 Mar 2004
For once, a book that's worth its exorbitant price. I gave this to my son (8) for Christmas and not only has it delighted him for hours but taught him how to present Biology projects. The specimens of dragon skin are even more thrilling than the long pseudo-scientific entries on different breeds. As someone currently writing a novel for children aged 8-12 which features a dragon, I found it almost as stimulating as my children did.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attractive without a glance 23 Oct 2004
I am a 12 year old in the world of books and I picked up this book out of interest. Even without a glance of the inside it looks good. The cover is amazing. But inside really opens your heart out for the world of dragons. Whether or not you believe in them this book is very reccommended. Brilliant for all ages because it is such and interactive book. Children enjoy the full out leaflets, skin samples, and miniature books inside and adults find all of the maps, scales and writing interseting. But it is so easily catergorised and you just have to show everyone you know once you get this beautifully illustrated book! A must buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascination and imagination
Our daughter had a book, when she was about 6 years old, in which she had to find the hidden dragons. It was a beautifully illustrated book and truly captured her interest. Read more
Published 4 months ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars great fro my Grand daughter
My Grand daughter saw this book earlier in the year and we have bought it for her for Christmas. Having looked at it I am sure she will love it.
Published 4 months ago by Lesley Coles
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My son had read this at school and talked about it so much I had to get him one of his own. Fabulous book with beautiful drawings, lovely details and everything you'd ever need to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun and well produced
Good value and service from the seller. The book is of good quality and well printed. Great fun for all those interested in the history of dragons.
Published 6 months ago by Clem Neville
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book well presented 10 year grand daughter loved into nice her dad let her look at it. Nicely bound. Delivered quickly
Published 6 months ago by Terry Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical book
My son loves dragons and this book has made him very happy. The thought that has gone into it is remarkable
Published 7 months ago by jessica Pegg
4.0 out of 5 stars Enter the "Ology"
As the very first in the on-going "ology" series this Dragon-themed book is a little short on the hidden extras and secrets that the other books have been famous for. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Inspector Gadget
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
I purchased this as requested by my 8 yr old grand-daughter, I must say its a very presented and knowledgeable book..great vvalue, thank you
Published 7 months ago by Mark Spirito
5.0 out of 5 stars The best gift
I purchased this book as a present for an 8 year old and he absolutely loves it. It has entertained both adults and children alike and I would highly recommend.
Published 9 months ago by Emma Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars nice book
I bought this book for my daughter who is crazy about dragons. She loves it and has shown it to all of her friends who are really trying to find a copy of it!
Published 11 months ago by virginia mayo
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