The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian: Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East, Volume 1

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 2, 2010 - History - 612 pages
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The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian is a nineteenth-century edition of the famous travelogue written by Rustichello da Pisa and Marco Polo, describing the travels of the latter through Asia, Persia, China and Indonesia between 1271 and 1291. The book secured lasting fame for its editor, the prominent geographer and literary scholar Henry Yule, who was awarded the founder's medal of the Royal Geographical Society for his efforts. The two-volume work, the result of Yule's research in Palermo, Venice, Florence, Paris and London and of extensive correspondence with scholars around the world, has long been considered an authoritative source on Polo's travels. Volume I contains Books One and Two of the travelogue and contains descriptions of the lands of the Middle East and Central Asia that Polo encountered en route to China. Book II covers Polo's time in China and the court of Kublai Khan.
  

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Contents

Explanatory List of Illustrations
xxvii
Obscurities in the History of his Life and Book
xxxiii
Sketch of the State of the East at the Time of
xl
Digression concerning the WarGalleys of the Medi
lx
The Jealousies and Naval Wars of Venice
lxx
Growing Jealousies and Outbreaks between the Republics 32
lxxxi
Notices of Marco Polos History after the Ter
xcii
Some Estimate of the Character of Polo and
cxxix
Of Taican and the Mountains of Salt Also
144
Of the Province of Pashai
155
Of the Great River of Badashan and Plain
163
Of the Kingdom of Cascar
169
Of the Province of Pein
175
XLLOf the Province of Camul
189
XLIIL Of the Province of Sukchur
195
Of the City of Etzina
202

Contemporary Recognition of Polo and his Book
cxl
Nature of Polos Influence on Geographical Know
cli
Explanations regarding the Basis adopted for
clix
Chap
2
How the Great Kaan sent the Two Brothers
12
How Messer Nicolas and Messer Maffeo Polo
24
How Mark returned from the Mission whereon
29
BOOK FIRST
39
Death of Marcos Father before 1300 Will of his Brother Maffeo
43
Of Georgiania and the Kings thereof
49
General Statement of what the Book contains 51 Language
50
Of the Kingdom of Mausul
57
How the Calif of Baudas took counsel to slay
65
Of the Monastery of Saint Barsamo on the Borders
72
Chap pACK
78
Concerning the Great City of Yasdi
84
Texts followed by Marsden and by Pauthier 89 Eclectic
88
Of the City of Camadi and its Ruins also
91
Of the Descent to the City of Hormos
101
Of the Wearisome and Desert Road that
115
Concerning the Old Man of the Mountain
132
How the Old Man came by his End
138
XLVIL Of Chinghis and how he became the First Kaan
209
The Battle between Chinghis Kaan and Prester
215
Chap Page
224
Concerning the Administration of Justice among
234
Of the Kingdom of Erguiul and Province
241
Of the Kingdom of Egrigaia
247
Concerning the Kaans Palace of Chagannor
260
Concerning the Revolt of Nayan who was Uncle
296
How the Great Kaan caused Nayan to be put
306
How the Kaan rewarded the Valour of
312
Concerning the Person of the Great Kaan
318
Concerning the Palace of the Great Kaan
324
How the Great Kaan maintains a Guard
336
Concerning the Great Feast held by the Grand
343
Concerning the Twelve Thousand Barons
349
Concerning the Two Brothers who have charge
356
Concerning the City of Cambaluc and
367
How the Great Kaan causeth the Bark of Trees
378
Concerning the Twelve Barons who are
385
How the Emperor bestows help on his People
393
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Jason Goodwin's books include A Time for Tea: Travels Through China and India in Search of Tea; On Foot to the Golden Horn: A Walk to Istanbul; and Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire.

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