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The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo

The Travels of Marco Polo

by Marco Polo

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High noise to signal ratio here. Some interesting anecdotes and details nestled in lots of repetitive and unimportant minutia. For example, you learn that Kublai Kahn oversaw a system of crop insurance but also the specific religions in each local (this one has lots of idolaters and this one has lots of idolaters and this one has lots of idolaters, etc.) ( )
  bzbooks | Jan 4, 2017 |
Okay, so it's not an airport romance easy read, it does take a bit of a push to get through. But, hey, it's Marco Polo, it's got to be done. You'll be glad you did! ( )
  Garrison0550 | May 5, 2016 |
This book is a reprint of Marco Polo's own account of his travels. In the style of his day, it is largely a factual account of what he saw...there is little context and nothing of how he felt or hardships he personally experienced.

There is some thought that Marco Polo exaggerated his claims, but the text nevertheless shows what was of interest to Polo and his readers. I found the introduction by Milton Rugoff and the afterward by Howard Mittelmark most enlightening they described a bit about Marco Polo's life and how he came to travel the world. ( )
  LynnB | Sep 4, 2015 |
This book gives us the accounts of Marco Polo along with other writers of the time and modern interpretations as well. The pages are styled to resemble an antique medium but unfortunately the font is small and uncomfortable to read. The wonderful aspect is the inclusion of art from the period and modern photographs of the areas described. Of particular interest are items from Le livre des merveilles du monde which is a collection of illustrations of people and animals. One modern map of China was totally irrelevant to the cities mentioned in that part of the book which puzzled me. ( )
  mamzel | Mar 20, 2015 |
Currently, this historical figure is an object of ridicule. He was when he lived. Curiously, there are some inconsistencies in his report, but overall I believe he has told the truth (mostly) of his adventures. A good tale none-the-less and worth the read. ( )
  JVioland | Jul 14, 2014 |
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Polo, MarcoAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Armiño, MauroEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bellonci, MariaTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blay, Frédéric LeEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Camesasca, EttoreEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carrera Díaz, ManuelEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, PeterEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Komroff, ManuelEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Latham, RonaldEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marsden, WilliamEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moule, Arthur ChristopherEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pisa, Rustichello daEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ronchi, GabriellaEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rossabi, MorrisEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rugoff, MiltonEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Waugh, TeresaTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wright, ThomasEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yerasimos, StéphaneEditormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Øye, AgneteTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bringsværd, Tor ÅgePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Corbino, JonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Della Valle, ValeriaAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dwiggins, W. A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Friston, Adrian deIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Göransson, G.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gemme, Francis R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gordon, WitoldIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Guignard, EliseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Joki, Aulis J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jonckheere, KarelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lapshin, Nikolai FodorovitchIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malvano, Maria VittoriaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Masefield, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Painter, Douglas M.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ricci, AldoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Solmi SergioPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Strizzi, SergioPhotographersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
t'Serstevens, AlbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tusseau, Jean-PierreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Im Jahr 1295 kehrte Marco Polo nach vierundzwanzigjähriger Abwesenheit in seine Vaterstadt Venedig zurück.
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A Modern Translation by Teresa Waugh from the Italian by Maria Bellonci

It was one of Marco Polo's claims that he had travelled more extensively that any man since Creation. His account of his travels has for centuries delighted and inspired readers, including Christopher Columbus who possessed a much treasured and well-thumbed copy of The Travels.

Marco Polo was born in 1254, into a family of enterprising and succesful Venetian merchants. In 1271 he accompanied his father and uncle on their second visit to China and the court of Kublai Khan. Marco Polo adapted readily to Tartar customs and soon learnt their language. He proved himself an invaluable emissary of the Tartar ruler and spent the next seventeen years travelling in his service, enjoying a freedom of movement in the Mongol empire probably unequalled by any other European before or since. He travelled to areas as far afield as the Polar Sea and Jarva, Zanzibar and Japan. Some of the places he visited remained unseen by other Europeans for another 600 years, when Allied troops opened the Burma Road during the Second World War.

In 1298 Marco Polo was a prisoner of war in Genoa where he met the romance-writer Rustichello of Pisa, a fellow prisoner. Rustichello was quick to perceive that Marco Polo had a unique story to tell, covering as it did a vast panorama of nations and peoples - Persians, Turks, Tartars, Chinese, Tibetans, Indians, and many others - with all their strange and wonderful customs. Together the two Italians wrote The Travels. Marco Polo had an observant eye and a retentive memory. He was also quick-witted and resourceful, a practical traveller and a shrewd merchant. His vivid descriptions of all he saw and experienced resulted in one of the world's most remarkable books.

This new modern-English translation is beautifully illustrated with line drawings and sixty-four pages of stunning colour photographs from the television series on Marco Polo's travels, filmed with the full co-operation of the Chinese government.

Colour photography by Sergio Strizzi fron the film Marco Polo.
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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: their religions, customs, ceremonies and way of life; on the spices and silks of the East; on 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 long-vanished world with colour and immediacy.

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Presents a translation of thirteenth-century Venetian explorer Marco Polo's account of his travels throughout China, India, Persia, and other places.

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