A richly illustrated exploration of dragons. Dragons have been with humankind to the beginnings of recorded history, and likely before that. The Middle East and Europe each have early dragon lore, as does Asia. Despite differences, dragons across cultures share many common features. This volume examines and celebrates the nature and behaviors of dragons, their physical variations, their predilections for women and children, and much more. Its forty illustrations show us the variety and majesty of these incredible creatures. We have accompanied our own musings on dragons with quotes from a wide variety of literary sources, both old and new.