The Classic of Mountains and Seas
Translated by Anne Birrell
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Classic of Mountains and Seas by Anne Birrell
Book DescriptionDating from the 3rd century BC to the 1st century AD the work is structured according to a conception of the world as a vast land mass bounded on its four sides by four seas, beyond which lie four great wildernesses. Each chapter leads the reader through successive landscapes, describing the geographical and mythological associations of each.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140447194
(198mm x 128mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 27-May-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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