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John Mandeville, Travels

15th century

The British Library

The British Library

Sir John Mandeville was a celebrated, but fictitious, medieval English traveller, whose fantastical writings became popular across Western Europe. This illustration accompanied a Czech translation of Mandeville’s Travels. It shows a group of astronomers standing on Mount Athos in Greece, known as ‘Holy Mountain’, studying the stars with their astrolabes and quadrants. Others are shown writing strange characters in the dust with their sticks, perhaps one of the mysterious foreign alphabets described by Mandeville. Shown here: f. 15r

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  • Title: John Mandeville, Travels
  • Date Created: 15th century
  • Location: British Library, London, UK
  • Location Created: Bohemia
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Original Source: Add MS 24189
  • Rights: Public Domain in most countries other than the UK. For more information visit: https://www.bl.uk/help/how-to-reuse-images-of-unpublished-manuscripts

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