The Cosmography and Geography of Africa (Paperback)

Pre-Order Now Badge
The Cosmography and Geography of Africa By Johannes Leo Africanus, Anthony Ossa-Richardson (Translated by), Richard J. Oosterhoff (Translated by), Anthony Ossa-Richardson (Editor), Richard J. Oosterhoff (Editor), Anthony Ossa-Richardson (Introduction by), Richard J. Oosterhoff (Introduction by), Anthony Ossa-Richardson (Notes by), Richard J. Oosterhoff (Notes by) Cover Image
Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now


The first new translation in over 400 years of one of the great works of the Renaissance: an African diplomat's guide to Africa

A Penguin Classic

In 1518, al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan, a Moroccan diplomat, was seized by pirates while travelling in the Mediterranean. Brought before Pope Leo X, he was persuaded to convert to Christianity, in the process taking the name Johannes Leo Africanus. Acclaimed in the papal court for his learning, Leo would in time write his masterpiece, The Cosmography and the Geography of Africa. The Cosmography was the first book about Africa, and the first book written by a modern African, to reach print. It would remain central to the European understanding of Africa for over 300 years, with its descriptions of lands, cities, and peoples giving a singular vision of the vast continent: its urban bustle and rural expanse, its culture, commerce and warfare, its magical herbs and strange animals. Yet it is not a mere catalogue of the exotic: Leo also invited his readers to acknowledge the similarity and relevance of these lands to the time and place they knew. For this reason, The Cosmography and Geography of Africa remains significant to our understanding not only of Africa, but of the world and how we perceive it.

About the Author

Leo Africanus was Born al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan in Granada and raised in Fez. Johannes Leo Africanus was a sixteenth-century diplomat and scholar who, in the court of Pope Leo X, produced the first guide to the geography and culture of North Africa, The Cosmography and Geography of Africa. Anthony Ossa-Richardson (translator) is Lecturer in Early Modern Literature at University College London. His most recent book is A History of Ambiguity (2019). Richard Oosterhoff (translator) is Lecturer in History at the University of Edinburgh, andauthor of Making Mathematical Culture: University and Print in the Circle of of Lefèvre D'Étaples (2018).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780241543931
ISBN-10: 0241543932
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: July 9th, 2024
Pages: 560
Language: English