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Libro de las maravillas del mundo (The travels of Sir John Mandeville).

John MANDEVILLE (Author)

Origin: Valencia, XVI c.
Biblioteca Nacional de España.

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Facsimile. Old Books. Collection of Incunabula and Old Books.
19 x 27 cm.
65+3 crd.
130+6 crd.
13th October 1524.
30th May 2002.
Parchment on wooden board.
Presentation dust jacket cloth lined with gold engraved leather spine containing facsimile.
Numbered by notary and signed by the printer-publisher.
Specially made laid paper.
Optional: Study in Spanish: author yet to be determined. Included in
Bibliofilia Antigua VIII.
Gothic script, title page in two colours, engraved initials, many xylographic engravings.

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On the title page, 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.


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AC History of art / art & design styles
ACN History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600
ACND Renaissance art
AFF Drawing & drawings
AFH Prints & printmaking
AFJ Other graphic art forms
AFT Decorative arts
AGH Human figures depicted in art
DNF Literary essays
DSBD Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800
FC Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
HBJD European history
HBJF Asian history
HBJF1 Middle Eastern history
HBJH African history
HBLC Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500
HBLC Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500
HBLC1 Medieval history
HBLC1 Medieval history
HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
HBTP Historical geography
RGR Geographical discovery & exploration
WCS Antiques & collectables: books, manuscripts, ephemera & printed matter
WTLC Classic travel writing
WTLP Expeditions

1D Europe
1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain
1DSE Spain
1DSET Valenciana, Autonomous Community
1FB Middle East
1FBH Israel
1FK Indian sub-continent
1FKA India
1FPC China
1HBE Egypt
1HFG East Africa
2ADS Spanish
3H c 1000 CE to c 1500
3JB c 1500 to c 1600