The Travels of Marco Polo

The Travels of Marco Polo

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by Jason Goodwin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0375758186

ISBN-13: 9780375758188

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. On his return to the West he was made a prisoner of war and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book. The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the…  See more details below

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Marco Polo was the most famous traveller of his time. His voyages began in 1271 with a visit to China, after which he served the Kubilai Khan on numerous diplomatic missions. On his return to the West he was made a prisoner of war and met Rustichello of Pisa, with whom he collaborated on this book. The accounts of his travels provide a fascinating glimpse of the different societies he encountered: of their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; of the spices and silks of the East; of precious gems, exotic vegetation and wild beasts. He tells the story of the holy shoemaker, the wicked caliph and the three kings, among a great many others, evoking a remote and fascinating world with colour and immediacy.

In his introduction, R. E. Latham examines Marco Polo's background to explain how he understood and classified the people, races, cultures and religions he describes in The Travels. This edition also contains an index and maps.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375758188
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Modern Library Classics Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
765,529
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Biographical Note
Introduction
Maps of Marco Polo's Itineraries
Map of the Sung Palace
Prologue3
Bk. IAccount of Regions Visited or Heard of on the Journey from the Lesser Armenia to the Court of the Great Khan at Shangtu19
Bk. IIAccount of the Great Kublai Khan, His Capital, Court and Government. Also of Cities and Provinces Visited on Journeys Westward and Southward95
Bk. IIIJapan the Archipelago, Southern India, and the Coasts and Islands of the Indian Sea215
Bk. IVThe Wars Among the Tartar Princes and Some Account of the Northern Countries269
Afterword: Manuel Komroff's Introduction to the 1926 Edition297
Reading Group Guide321

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