Book Details + Condition: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington (London). Very scarce First Edition, 1886. Original dark teal blue cloth boards with gilt title on front and spine. All edges gilt. Hardcover, 243 pages. Measures 7" x 5.5". Illustrated with b&w images of dragons and other fantastic, mythic creatures. From the Author Preface: "Our subject naturally divides itself into two very obvious sections - the one dealing with wholly untrue and impossible creatures of the fancy, the other with the strange beliefs and fancies that have clustered around the real creatures we see around us." In very good condition: tight binding; lightly rubbed corners and spine ends; text is clean and unmarked.