Title supplied by cataloger. Annotation, in a later hand, on f1r: Sir John Mandevile's Travails. Script: cursive anglicana hand in brown ink; 32 lines per page. Side notes and notation marks in various hands, 15th-17th century. Opening illuminated initial with ivy-leaf sprays into margins and 17 blue initials with extensive red penwork flourishing. Three contemporary or near-contemporary marginal drawings, one with color wash, of manicula. Binding: 18th-century full mottled calf, gilt. Spine label reads: Mandevil's travails. Sir John Mandeville is the suppositious author of the "travel" book known as the Book of Sir John Mandeville, or Mandeville's Travels. Written in the 14th century in Anglo-Norman French, it was widely popular and thought to be an accurate account of a knight's journey through Europe, the Middle East and Asia. From the collection of John Theyer; from the collection of John Barwick of Charing; ex libris Walter Sneyd; ex libris Sir Thomas Brooke; from the collection of Sir John Arthur Brooke (Sotheby's London sale 25 May 1921, lot 921); from the collection of Sir R. Leicester Harmsworth (Sotheby's London sale 15 October 1945, lot 2023). Purchased from Martayan Lan Rare Books on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Fund, 2011.
Manuscript on parchment of a Middle English text of the Book of Sir John Mandeville, probably related to the "Defective Version." Biblical quotations in Middle English on f63v-f64v.
English prose literature--Middle English, 1100-1500 Manuscripts, Medieval--Connecticut--New Haven Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library Voyages and travels--Early works to 1800
Harmsworth, R. Leicester--(Robert Leicester),--Sir,--1870-1937--Ownership Mandeville, John,--Sir Sneyd, Walter,--1809-1888--Bookplate Theyer, John,--1597-1673--Autograph
English, Middle (1100-1500)
Manuscripts Travel literature
Archives or Manuscripts
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James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection
Sir John Mandeville, Sir John Mandevile's Travails. James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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Number of Pages: 156
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