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The Travels Paperback – Sep 30 1958
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"A timeless addition to any travel collection." --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Marco Polo's account of his journey throughout the East in the thirteenth century was one of the earliest European travel narratives, and it remains the most important. The merchant-traveler from Venice, the first to cross the entire continent of Asia, provided us with accurate descriptions of life in China, Tibet, India, and a hundred other lands, and recorded customs, natural history, strange sights, historical legends, and much more. From the dazzling courts of Kublai Khan to the perilous deserts of Persia, no book contains a richer magazine of marvels than the Travels.
This edition, selected and edited by the great scholar Manuel Komroff, also features the classic and stylistically brilliant Marsden translation, revised and corrected, as well as Komroff's Introduction to the 1926 edition. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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One of the most fascinating aspects of "The Travels" is not just some of the factual innaccuracies, but the apparent perceptions of Marco Polo, fully willing to believe he had found the final resting place of the first man, Adam, and the wizardry of other peoples, the ability to do magic, and a legend of giant "Rocs" near Madagascar, and how the Khan sent a small expedition to investigate the rumors of such.
If you want a book that makes you ask searching questions about humanity, cultural bias, and the importance of lore and myth in cultures, this book is invaluable.
AN ENLARGED SET OF MAPS WILL MAKE THE TRAVELS EASY TO FOLLOW. I SUGGEST TO COPY AND ENLARGE PLUS USE A COLOR CODE TO IMPROVE READING.
Marco writes well enough of his travels and you feel that you are there. You can actually follow the trail if you have a map. He describes the flora and fauna of each region and describes the economics and industry of the region.
Example: "The women of the superior class are in like manner free from superfluous hairs; their skins are fare, and they are well formed."
It is interesting to see how little has changed from Marco Polo's 13th century and now.
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Such is the nature of Marco Polo's post voyage travel log. It opens panaramas in time and space before the reader and allows one to see them with the eyes of a child awakening to adulthood. Curiousity becomes a way of life, and every thing learned is one more chance to survive on the road to the next adventure.
The weakness in this work is the shoddy quality of the historical plates of nonsense interpretations of what Marco Polo saw, as seen through the eyes of an Italian engraver who never traveled further than the next Italian town. High quality plates of well researched historical images of what Marco Polo saw would have been far more interesting. Baring that, no images would have improved it.
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Not finished it yet, but it's much more readable than I expected and it's a very interesting, true story, with insights into the current situation in Asia and the Middle East. Read morePublished 5 months ago by judy
In 1260, Niccolo Polo, the father of Marco Polo, and his brother Maffeo went across Black Sea in the hope of a profitable brisk of trade. Read morePublished on July 14 2004 by Matthew M. Yau
Marco writes well enough of his travels and you feel that you are there. You can actually follow the trail if you have a map. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2003 by Bernie
I have read this book while traveling in China by train. It is a very interesting description of past times, and essential reading for those interested in historical geography. Read morePublished on Oct. 14 2003 by Giant Panda
The travels of the famous traveler, published as close to the original as possible presents a fantastic world. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2003
Though after reading authors such as Edward Said I should know better, I greatly enjoyed Marco Polo's description of his travels. Read morePublished on May 5 2003 by m. tremble
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