The Marvellous Adventures of Sir John Maundevile (Mandeville)
In a superb, crisp gilt decorative binding
First edition thus, hardback bound in the original cloth with striking gilt design to front and spine, top edge gilt. 21 × 14 cm, xxx + 414pp.
In his Book of Marvels and Travels, Sir John Mandeville describes a journey from Europe to Jerusalem and on into Asia, and the many wonderful and monstrous peoples and practices in the East. Written in the fourteenth century (between 1357 and 1371), the Book is a captivating blend of fact and fantasy, an extraordinary travel narrative that offers some revealing and unexpected attitudes towards other races and religions. This edition is illustrated throughout by the editor, Arthur Layard.
A very good copy. There is some fading to the spine and a little wear to the edges but the gilt design to the front board remains crisp. The inner binding is sound but the front hinge is starting. The pages are clean bar a little spotting to the margins and edges.
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