A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan

“Not a day goes by that the post does not bring me at least on letter by a young person (sometimes from someone not so young) who wishes to follow in my footsteps and become a dragon naturalist. Nowadays, of course, the field is quite respectable, with university courses and intellectual societies putting out fat volumes titled Proceedings of some meeting or other. Those interested in respectable things, however, attend my lectures. The ones who write to me invariably want to hear about my adventures: […]
I have therefore accepted the offer from Messrs. Carrigdon & Rudge to publish a series of memoirs chronicling the more interesting portions of my life. By and large these shall focus on the expeditions which led to the discovery for which I have become so famous, but there shall be occasional digressions into matters more entertaining, personal, or even (yes) salacious. […]
Be warned, then: the collected volumes of this series will contain frozen mountains, foetid swamps, hostile foreigners, hostile fellow countrymen, the occasional hostile family member, bad decisions, misadventures in orienteering, disease of an unromantic sort, and a plentitude of mud. You continue at your own risk.”