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Title: A Compendium of the Travels of Mr. Hanway, Sir John Mandeville. And Mr. Lionel Wafer, and a Description of Greenland.
Description: Dublin: Printed for J. Smith, on the Blind Quay, 1757. 12mo, 170 x 101 mms., pp. [ii], 288, contemporary calf; spine creased and almost about to split, top and base of spine chipped; lacks plate, joints tender; bookplate of Alex M. MacEwen on front paste-down end-paper and contemporary name in ink on title-page. Most of the volume is taken up with Hanway's travels, and some of Mandeville's more curious observations are repeated, e. g., in India: "Strong wine is likewise made there, which the women drink, but not the men; to the end, that the women maya have beares, who yet are shave thought the men are not." The surgeon Lionel Wafer (d. 1705) published his A New Voyage and Description of the Isthmus of America in 1699, and the excerpts in thsi "compendium" are taken from that publication. Smith published several of these compendiums; this one seems to be uncommon with ESTC N27822 locating copies in BL; The Czartoryski Library - Cracow; NYPL, Florida, and Iowa.

Keywords: Travel topography prose

Price: GBP 275.00 = appr. US$ 392.70 Seller: John Price Antiquarian Books
- Book number: 8986

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