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MANDEVILLE, Sir John.

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.

New York, Printed by Edwin and Robert Grabhorn for Random House, 1927 Stock Code: 138808
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First Grabhorn edition, number 129 of 150 copies only. A very attractive production, finely printed, delicately illustrated by Angelo, and handsomely bound. The text is taken from the English edition of 1725, which was taken from a 15th-century manuscript in the Cottonian library, collated against seven other manuscripts. Angelo's decorations are after those found in early manuscripts. The type was designed by Rudolph Koch, here used in America for the first time.
The Voyages de Jehan de Mandeville chevalier first appeared in manuscript in France c.1357. 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).

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Description

Folio. Original brown morocco-backed wooden boards by William Wheeler, spine lettered in blind, brown free endpapers, edges uncut.

Illustrations

With colour and gilt initials by Valenti Angelo, woodcuts in text.

Condition

Other than miniscule rubbing to spine and extremities a near-fine copy, contents clean.

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