Publisher:Bantam Books, London, United Kingdom, 2003
Bantam Books, 2003, Soft cover, Book Condition: Fine, 1st
1st Printing. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 656 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. This book is available and ready to be shipped.. On 8 March 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever seen set sail from China. The ships, some nearly five hundred feet long, were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di's loyal eunuch admirals. Their mission was 'to proceed all the way to the end of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas' and unite the world in Confucian harmony. Their journey would last for over two years and take them around the globe but by the time they returned home, China was beginning its long, self-imposed isolation from the world it had so recently embraced. And so the great ships were left to rot and the records of their journey were destroyed. And with them, the knowledge that the Chinese had circumnavigated the globe a century before Magellan, reached America seventy years before Columbus, and Australia three hundred and fifty years before Cook... Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: History; China; China; Medieval 10th to 15thc; ISBN: . ISBN/EAN: 9780553815221. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 0002541.