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Marco Polo's Silk Road: The Art of the Journey: An Italian at the Court of Kublai Khan

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In the late 1290s, an imprisoned Venetian merchant dictated an account of his amazing adventures in China. That book, The Travels of Marco Polo, was an instant success. Though scholars once derided Polo's tale, today's historians accept it as accurate. The original manuscripts are long lost, but now, for the first time, a modernized hybrid edition has been compiled from translations by William Marsden and Henry Yule. Comprising nearly 150 chapters, this superbly illustrated, silk-bound abridgement of this seminal work is a treasure worthy of its subject.

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Marco Polo (c.1254-1324) was a Christian merchant from the Venetian Republic who learned about trading while his father and uncle were absent on an extended journey through Asia, which culminated in a visit with the great khan Kublai. In 1269 the brothers returned to Venice and met Marco for the first time. The three of them then embarked on a new journey to Asia and the court of the khan, returning after more than two decades to find Venice at war. Marco was imprisoned in Genoa, whereupon he dictated his romantic-sounding stories to a cellmate. The popularity of his account is a rare example of a success in publishing before the age of printing.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780280158
Subtitle:
The Art of the Journey - An Italian at the Court of Kublai Khan
Author:
Polo, Marco
Author:
Masefield, John
Author:
Watkins
Publisher:
Watkins Publishing
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
LITERATURE - ESSAYS TRD PB
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Subject:
LITERATURE - LIT CLASSICS TRD PB
Subject:
General Self-Help
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
The Art of Wisdom
Publication Date:
19990101
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
all in color
Pages:
244
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 in

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History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
Metaphysics » General
Travel » Travel Writing » Exploration
Travel » Travel Writing » General

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