The Travels of Marco Polo

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 370 pages
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Liveright is proud to make available in paperback its reissue of the classic 1926 edition of The Travels of Marco Polo. Working from the traditional lyrical Marsden translation, editor Manuel Komroff corrected it against Henry Yule's magisterial two-volume work, including a chapter missing from the Marsden, to create a wonderfully readable and authoritative version. The artist Witold Gordon created thirty-two two-color woodcut illustrations for the original edition, published again here for the first time in over fifty years.

Chronicling the thirteenth-century world from Venice, his birthplace, to the far reaches of Asia, Marco Polo tells of the foreign peoples he meets as he travels by foot, horse, and boat through places including Persia, Tibet, India, and, finally, China. There he serves in the court of Kublai Khan, then the leader of the most advanced and powerful country in the world. Polo also ventures to Shangtu, made immortal in Coleridge's poem "Xanadu."
 

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Contents

Introduction
4
Account of Regions Visited or Heard
11
Princess Kogatin
18
Armenia
24
Bagdad
30
The Old Man of the Mountain
53
Ovis Poli
66
The Desert of Lop
72
Account of the Great Kublai Khan
113
The Wives of Kublai Khan
126
The White Feast
141
The Hunt
148
An Agricultural Commissioner
168
The Bridge of Pulisangen
178
Japan and Archipelago Southern
261
The Wars Among the Tartar Princes
327

The Tartars
90
Kublai Khan
110

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About the author (2003)

Sir Henry Yule (1 May 1820 - 30 December 1889) was a Scottish Orientalist. He published many travel books including translations of the work of Marco Polo and Mirabilia by the 14th century Dominican FriarJordanus. Cordier, Henri, 1849-1925

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