The Travels of Marco Polo (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

The Travels of Marco Polo (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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The Travels of Marco Polo is unquestionably one of the world's greatest travel books and the memoir of the West's most famous traveler. Composed in 1298, the book describes Marco Polo's travels across the entire continent of Asia and provides the only comprehensive travelogue of a European traveler in the East in the Middle Ages.

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The Travels of Marco Polo is unquestionably one of the world's greatest travel books and the memoir of the West's most famous traveler. Composed in 1298, the book describes Marco Polo's travels across the entire continent of Asia and provides the only comprehensive travelogue of a European traveler in the East in the Middle Ages.

In a magisterial geographical sweep, The Travels of Marco Polo traces Polo's epic journey to the farthest reaches of Asia. Polo guides his readers through a realm of pigmies, exotic plants and beasts, fine silks, spices, legends, ornate palaces, and cannibalism. His exuberant and sometimes hyperbolic style had untold impact on the European imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781411429086
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
196,548
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Marco Polo was born in Venice in 1254. His travels began when at seventeen years old he set off with his merchant father and uncle to visit the Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan in Beijing. Shortly after returning from his travels, Polo was reportedly involved in the battle of Curzola (1298) and was imprisoned. Holed up in a prison in Genoa, he dictated his travels in Asia to Rustichello (Rustigielo) of Pisa, a collector of Arthurian romances, and a fellow prisoner. Polo died a fairly wealth man in Venice, and today his name has been given to airports, bridges, hotels, and frequent-flyer clubs.

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The Travels of Marco Polo (the complete Yule-Cordier Edition) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
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A very readable version of the Travels of Marco Polo, however, it is absolutely incredible that there were no maps included. This is a story of travels to many exotic places and even if the reader is familiar with the areas Polo traveled to, the story uses the names of places as used in the 13th century. The book would have gotten 5 stars with suitable maps.
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The book had wonderful details of everything you want to know about the travels of Marco Polo, some say that he was a guy in Venice, who made it all up in his head but yet, this wonderful book tells it all which no one could have known, unless you went there. It's pact with chapters, but no maps showing his travel points, but if you follow what going on, you will understand everything well. Great book getting into the story of what it was like in the Chinese middle ages unlike anything else.
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