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The Travels of Sir John Mandeville (Penguin Classics)

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville (Penguin Classics)
Author: John Mandeville
ISBN 13: 9780141441436
ISBN 10: 141441437
Edition: Revised
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2005-08-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $15.00

Immediately popular when it first appeared around 1356, The Travels of Sir John Mandeville became the standard account of the East for several centuries—a work that went on to influence luminaries as diverse as Leonardo da Vinci, Swift, and Coleridge. Ostensibly written by an English knight, the Travels purport to relate his experiences in the Holy Land, Egypt, India, and China. Mandeville claims to have served in the Great Khan's army and to have journeyed to “the lands beyond”—countries populated by dog-headed men, cannibals, Amazons, and pygmies. This translation by the esteemed C.W.R.D. Moseley conveys the elegant style of the original, making this an intriguing blend of fact and absurdity, and offering wondrous insight into fourteenth- century conceptions of the world.