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Fictitious and Symbolic Creatures in Art


ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON
ILLUSTRATED
CHAPMAN AND HALL, LIMITED11 HENRIETTA STREET,
LONDON, W. C.MCMVI
Printed by Ballantyne & Co. LimitedTavistock Street, London
[Pg v]
PREFACE
nder the title of this book it is proposed to describe and illustrate
only those fictitious and symbolic creatures which appear in
British Heraldry. The list will include all those beings of whose
existence we have not the direct evidence of our senses, and those
exaggerations and combinations of natural forms which have been
adopted in the system of symbolic heraldry handed down to us
from the Middle Ages. Many of the ideas of the writers of that
period were undoubtedly derived from still earlier sources, namely,
classic story, sacred and legendary art, and the marvellous tales of
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