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The City of Light Jacob D'Ancona

The City of Light - Jacob D'Ancona

Little, Brown & Co., 1997, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges.

Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “In 1990 distinguished academic David Selbourne was shown a remarkable manuscript which had been hidden from public view for over seven centuries. In it a scholarly Jewish merchant called Jacob described how in 1270 he had set out on a voyage from Italy, arriving in China at the coastal metropolis of Zaitun, the ‘City of Light’, in 1271 — four years before Marco Polo’s arrival at Xanadu in 1275. Now translated, edited and introduced by David Selbourne, The City of Light brings spectacularly to life Jacob’s encounter with one of the world’s great civilisations in a fascinating window into the mediaeval world.”

Size: 10" x 7½". Turquoise boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 392 pages.
The City of Light Jacob D'Ancona