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Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen

The Imaginarium Geographica

What is it? John asked.
The little man blinked and arched an eyebrow.
It is the world, my boy, he said. All the world, in ink and blood, vellum and parchment, leather and hide. It is the world, and it is yours to save or lose.


An unusual murder brings together three strangers, John, Jack, and Charles, on a rainy night in London during the first World War. An eccentric little man called Bert tells them that they are now the caretakers of the Imaginarium Geographica -- an atlas of all the lands that have ever existed in myth and legend, fable and fairy tale. These lands, Bert claims, can be traveled to in his ship the Indigo Dragon, one of only seven vessels that is able to cross the Frontier between worlds into the Archipelago of Dreams.

Pursued by strange and terrifying creatures, the companions flee London aboard the Dragonship. Traveling to the very realm of the imagination itself, they must learn to overcome their fears and trust in one another if they are to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of two worlds.

An extraordinary journey of myth, magic, and mystery, Here, There Be Dragons introduces James A. Owen as a formidable new talent.
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No Old Maps Actually Say 'Here Be Dragons'

Here be dragons. The words supposedly contain every difference between ancient maps and our own. Where old maps were illustrated and incomplete, ours are accurate and photographed from the sky. Old maps were pricey and precious; ours are nearly free and ubiquitous. Most importantly: Old maps—early modern European maps—contain uncharted territory, across which beasts rumble and serpents writhe. They have dragons.

In old times, mapmaking was a fairly imprecise task, due to the lack of advanced technology for exploration purposes. Such warnings took the form of sea serpents, dragons, cannibals and many other mythical and, sometimes, even real creatures. The actual line "Here There Be Dragons" has been found only once , on the 16th-century Lenox Globe , but is too cool to give up. This tendency is explored in fiction with two usual objectives. The first and more obvious is to show that the map is very ancient or simply medieval. Depending on the setting, the map may be contemporary, but displayed in an outdated manner because that's how things still are made. The other use of this trope is to avoid showing the viewer a dull and realistic map.

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Plutarch , Parallel Lives 1st century. Although several early maps, such as the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum , have illustrations of mythological creatures for decoration, the phrase itself is an anachronism. One is on the Hunt—Lenox Globe [4] c. This might be related to the Komodo dragons on the Indonesian islands, tales of which were quite common throughout East Asia. Furthermore, the two maps may be closely linked: an investigation of the egg globe performed by collector Stefaan Missinne concluded that the Hunt—Lenox Globe is in fact a cast of it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

It is the first book in The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica series. John, Charles, and Jack are three Oxford scholars united by the death of Stellan Sigurdsson, John's mentor, who thereafter receive The Imaginarium Geographica , which records mythical and fictional locations. When pursued by the anthropophagous, plural Wendigo , they are rescued by Bert, with whom they travel aboard the ship Indigo Dragon captained by Bert's daughter Aven , to Avalon , and then to Paralon, the capital of the Geographica' s 'Archipelago of Dreams', where they discover this Archipelago in an interregnum and discover that its social order can be restored by a descendant of Arthur Pendragon. Desirous of obtaining the royal 'Ring of Power', and thus the kingship, is the 'Winter King' Mordred. Upon a visit to shipbuilder 'Ordo Maas' Deucalion , the protagonists learn that the Winter King is using Pandora's Box to create the wraithlike 'Shadow-Born', his principal servants, from the citizens of lands conquered by himself. Fearing that the Winter King may gain an advantage by possession of the Imaginarium Geographica , they visit its author, the Cartographer of Lost Places, in his refuge, the Keep of Time, where they discover that their servant 'Artus' is a descendant of Arthur.

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