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The Realm of Prester John by Robert Silverberg - First Edition - 1972 - from Books of the World (SKU: RWARE0000002415)

The Realm of Prester John

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The Realm of Prester John

by Robert Silverberg

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Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1972. Hardcover. First Edition (stated). Grey linen over boards with purple and gold lettering to spine. Map endpapers. Deckle edge. Near Fine book in a Very Good jacket. Interior pristine. Spine straight and tight, ends bumped. Jacket is rubbed with light edgewear and a one inch tear to rear panel, now in a mylar protector. 344 pages.

In this modern account of the genesis of a great medieval myth, celebrated science fiction author Robert Silverberg explores the mysterious origins of Prester John, the astonishing Christian potentate of the East. Prester John was a legendary figure who cast a powerful spell over Latin Christendom for almost five centuries. Rumors of the warrior-king-prelate's fabulous realms first reached Europe in the eleventh century and quickly assumed an exalted status alongside such fabled wonders as El Dorado, The Fountain of Youth, and the Holy Grail. The defeat of a Moslem Turkish tribe by a Buddhist Chinese warlord seems to have been the unlikely historical nugget around which the Prester John myth grew, but contributions to this strange saga have also been traced all around the globe to the Apostle Thomas' apocryphal preaching in India, to the actual existence of small colonies of Nestorian schismatics in central Asia, and even to Genghis Khan.


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The Realm of Prester John
Robert Silverberg
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Used - Near Fine
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Very Good
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First Edition
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Garden City, New York
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Prester John, geography, history, historical geography, medieval, Christian, Christianity, Nestorian, religion, Ethiopia, East Africa, Africa
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Africa; Exploration, Expeditions, and Discoveries; History; Asia; Middle East;

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Selling books from around the world. I am not a professional bookseller. Rather, I am finding new homes for the library I have collected over five decades.


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