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The Voiage and Travaile of Sir John Maundevile, Kt., Which treateth of the Way to Hierusalem; and of Marvayhles of Inde, with other Ilands and Countryes. Now publish'd entire from an Original MS. in the Cotton Library.
London: printed for J. Woodman, D. Lyon and C. Davis, 1725 - Octavo (229 x 135 mm). Mid 19th-century green morocco, titles to spine decorated gilt in compartments, decorative gilt frames to covers, edges and turn-ins gilt, marbled endpapers. Spine faded, boards slightly sprung, occasional faint foxing; an excellent copy. Title page printed in red and black. Second edition in English. The Voyages de Jehan de Mandeville chevalier first appeared in manuscript in France c.1357. The first edition in English was printed in 1499; in 1725 this new edition was prepared from the Cotton manuscript in the British Museum, printed by William Boyer in an issue of 350 copies, establishing the standard English text. Now known to have been confected from a variety of earlier sources, the Travels purports to be the personal account of Sir John Mandeville, born and bred in St Albans, who left England in 1322 and travelled the world for many years, serving the sultan of Cairo and visiting the Great Khan, and finally in 1357 in age and illness setting down his account of the world. That account covers his travels to the Middle East and Palestine in the first part, before he continues to India, Tibet, China, Java, and Sumatra, then returns westward via Arabia, Egypt and North Africa. Mandeville "enjoyed widespread popularity in the fifteenth century and was respected by scholars and cartographers, Columbus among them, who consulted it as a reliable source on the Far East" (Howgego). From the library of Irish judge and discerning book collector William O'Brien (1832-99), which was endowed on his d … [Click Below for Full Description]
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