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Travels of Sir John Mandeville Facsimile Edition

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On the cover, on a double vertical legend, the XVI century reader was told (also to today's reader on this copy): “Whoever wanted to know many things about the world should buy this book and will know things which will frighten him”.

One can travel with the author to the Holy Land and other lands, and then in the second part of his work, one can find out, chapter by chapter that there are people who have dogs heads (images always included)  and of other incredibly useful information as well as surprising  for the traveller.

The author was an English traveller (there are doubts as to whether he really did travel and of his true name). Born towards 1300, it seems, in St. Albans, he died in 1372 in Liege.

From the written sources of Pliny to the abundant sources from the medieval bestiaries come these readings narrated by the author which almost makes us believe what he tells us.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Travels of Sir John Mandeville": Libro de las Maravillas del Mundo facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 2002

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Libro de las Maravillas del Mundo

Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 2002

  • Commentary (Spanish)
  • Limited Edition: 3160 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Travels of Sir John Mandeville: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

The facsimile, printed on specially made laid paper, is contained in a cloth-lined presentation case with gold engraved leather spine. Size with case 28.3 x 21 x 3.2 cm.

Binding

Parchment on wooden board.

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