Follows on with continuous main pagination from Second Series 101. The Paris text (French, with translation), the Bodleian text, and extracts from other versions. With bibliography and index. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1953.
Contents: Note on the Paris Text; The Paris Text; Note on the Bodleian text; The Bodleian Manuscript; Appendix: Von Diemeringen; The Vulgate Latin text; Prester John's Letter; Extracts from the MS Brussels 10420; Glossary to the English Texts; Bibliography; Index.
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