The subject of this little book is of general interest to
people who are acquainted with things Chinese. The dragon
has played a large part in Chinese thought through four
thousand and more years. Even in these days of the re’-
public it still fills an important place in Chinese life.
The dragon is one of the most common ornamental
designs in China and one meets it wherever one goes in this
country. However, in spite of the significance attached to
the dragon, very little has ever been written concerning it
in either Chinese or English. Only a few general articles
on this subject have been published in magazines, and the
references to it in books are very brief. No independent
study of the dragon in book form has been made in either
of these two languages until now.
Perhaps the last word on the Chinese dragon is not yet
said, nevertheless it is safe to say that this treatise is as
complete as our present knowledge will permit. This little
volume should be of value to all who are interested in China.
This account of the dragon will not only be of value to
foreigners, but it will also be such to Chinese. The author
has made this study a hobby for many years and the result
of his research is a splendid contribution to the literature
on China. It would be a good idea for more people to take
up the study of other phases of Chinese life in the same
way and thus help to interpret China to the West.
This book is not intended primarily for sinologues and
it contains no Chinese characters. The volume is written
for the average reader, who in his study of things Chinese,
has little time to go to original sources. Most people do
not wish to be burdened with long quotations to prove
abstract hypotheses or to have Chinese characters inserted
in the text repeatedly to break the sequence.
Contains many illustrations.
Text has been checked and corrected for spelling errors.