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CLAVIJO, Ruy Gonzalez; Clements Markham, editor.

Narrative of the embassy of Ruy Gonzalez de Clavijo

to the court of Timur at Samarkand, A.D. 1403-6. Translated for the first time with notes, a preface and an introduction about the life of Timur Beg by Clements R. Markham, F.R.G.S.

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103425
London, Printed for the Hakluyt Society, 1859
£475

Hakluyt Society First Series, no. 26.

Originally published in Spanish in 1582, this is the first publication of Clavijo's diary in English. Setting off in 1403, the embassy travelled via Armenia, Iran (spending time in Tehran), and Constantinople, before arriving at Timur's capital, Samarkand. Clavijo gives a description of Timur's celebrations following his victory over the Turkish Emperor, Bayezid I, as well as painted elephants, a paradise garden, and silks and jewels in abundance.

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First edition. 8vo, [viii], lvi, 200 pp., folding map, original blue cloth gilt, light tanning to spine, an excellent example.

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