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SA Auction #104 begins on 19 Jan 2023

US Auction #14 begins on 08 Feb 2023

Layard, Arthur (editor and illustrator); with a preface by John Cameron Grant

The Marvellous Adventures of Sir John Mandeville Kt . . . (1895)

Published: Archibald Constable, Westminster, 1895

Edition: First thus

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" . . . Being his Voyage and Travel which treateth of the Way to Jerusalem and of the Marvels of Ind with other Island and Countries"

The maroon cloth-boards are gilt embossed to the upper panel and spine with elaborate designs and lettering, which remain bright and fresh. The spine has a small tear at the head and one of the four corners is lightly rubbed, with the other corners bumped only. The still-functional binding has loosened and the inner threads are broken, with cracks most noticeable between sections G and H and M, N and O. The dark green printed endpapers are intact and unmarked, save for a signature on the verso of the front free leaf. The xxx + 415 pp are unmarked and undiscoloured. They include preface, contents pages, text pages with frontispiece and 25 other full-page drawings and many other decorations in the text, and index.

The copy is complete and and ready for the minor rebinding that would turn it into a fine copy of this famous (and first illustrated) version of Mandeville's Adventures.

  • Binding Condition: Good+
  • Overall Condition: Good+
  • Size: 215 x 150
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 051 773 0050/048 079 546 4032
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Eft (South Africa), SWIFT (rest of world), or $ checks for US or Australian buyers
  • Trade Associations: AA Approved


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