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The Travels of Marco Polo - Volume 1

Marco Polo and Rustichello da Pisa

Book Overview: 

"The Travels of Marco Polo", is a 13th-century travelogue written down by Rustichello da Pisa from stories told by Marco Polo, describing the travels of the latter through Asia, Persia, China, and Indonesia between 1271 and 1291.It's been a very famous and popular book since the 14th century, creating the image of Marco Polo as the icon of the bold traveller. Presenting Marco Polo as an important figure at the court of the Mongol leader Kublai Khan, the book was written in Old French by Rustichello da Pisa, a romance author of the time, who was reportedly working from accounts which he had heard from Marco Polo when they were imprisoned in Genoa, having been captured while on a ship.

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Book Excerpt: 
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[22] For the funeral, a MS. of Cibo Recco quoted by Jacopo Doria in La Chiesa di San Matteo descritta, etc., Genova, 1860, p. 26. For the date of arrival the poem so often quoted:—

      "De Oitover, a zoia, a seze di
        Lo nostro ostel, con gran festa
        En nostro porto, a or di sesta
      Domine De restitui."

[23] S. Matteo was built by Martin Doria in 1125, but pulled down and rebuilt by the family in a slightly different position in 1278. On this occasion is recorded a remarkable anticipation of the feats of American engineering: "As there was an ancient and very fine picture of Christ upon the apse of the Church, it was thought a great pity that so fine a work should be destroyed. And so the. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Yule's notes are a treasure.

I almost gave up on this before the travelogue even began. There was so much introductory material that was rather dry, though perhaps important to give context and to explain the questionable accuracy of some of the content. I began enjoying the book more when I finally made it past all the introdu

Interesting historical artifact.

Only partially read, but overall well translated by the Hakluyt Society. The text is clear and isn't flawed in any way beyond the biases that Marco Polo evidently had as a Christian and an emissary from a royal khanate during the 13th and 14th centuries. Interesting to see how this fundamental work

Not an engrossing read, but interesting when you think about how this book was probably the first exposure people in Europe had to what other cultures were like. Interesting to see what Marco Polo thought was worth noting down again and again about the place he visited (were they Christians? did the

The account of Marco Polo's travels through Asia dictated to another while he was in prison in Venice. There is actually very little Polo in this work. The first third is introductory material, and there are 2-3 pages of gloss for every page of Polo's actual text.

"Better carry the weight of a backpack than carrying the weight of not exploring the world"

If you want to read The Travels of Marco Polo, this is the edition to go with. A ton of added info, including background and fact checking.

boooooring. too hard to read and follow.

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