The Travels of Marco Polo

The Travels of Marco Polo

by Marco Polo
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The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo

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: 9781479201273
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/23/2012
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Marco Polo (1254–1324) was the son of a Venetian merchant and traveler. In 1271, Marco, with his father and uncle, began a journey that four years later led to their being accepted at the court of Kublai Khan. During these years, they traveled extensively in Persia and China, through regions almost totally unknown to the Western world. In service to the Khan, Marco explored Tibet and Burma and many of the remote provinces of China; it is possible that he went to the southern parts of India as well. Participating in a military conflict between Genoa and Venice, he was taken prisoner in 1298. While in captivity, he dictated the Travels of Marco Polo to a fellow prisoner.

Milton Rugoff was a longtime editor for several publishing houses. He is the author of a number of books, including A Harvest of World Folk Tales, Marco Polo’s Adventures in China, The Great Travelers, and The Beechers: An American Family in the Nineteenth Century, which was nominated for an American Book Award in 1982.

Howard Mittelmark is an editor, book critic, and coauthor of How Not to Write a Novel. He lives in New York City.

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The Travels of Marco Polo (the complete Yule-Cordier Edition) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Arctonookie More than 1 year ago
I love my Nook, but sometimes you have to search for the correct version of a book if you want to enjoy it at its highest potential - sometimes the ePub is fine, but if you want the maps and pics, you have to go with the PDF version. WHile a lot of the old classics that are available from B7N have been scanned elsewhere using ancient OCR technology that just didn't cut it, sometimes you can find them scanned using a good OCR program or with just more dedication to quality. I have gotten a lot of wonderful free and not free books from B&N, but this one I had to have the maps for, so I went to another place dedicated to saving really old manuscripts and maps - a lot of their stuff is good, some not so good. Just as anywhere - caveat emptor! But I go EVERYWHERE with my Nook!
4470 More than 1 year ago
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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