The Travels


Author: Marco Polo

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141198788

Category: Travel

Page: 380

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A sparkling new translation of one of the greatest travel books ever written: Marco Polo's seminal account of his journeys in the east, in a collectible clothbound edition. 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 Kublai 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. His account of his travels offers a fascinating glimpse of what he encountered abroad: unfamiliar religions, customs and societies; the spices and silks of the East; the precious gems, exotic vegetation and wild beasts of faraway lands. Evoking a remote and long-vanished world with colour and immediacy, Marco's book revolutionized western ideas about the then unknown East and is still one of the greatest travel accounts of all time. For this edition - the first completely new English translation of the Travels in over fifty years - Nigel Cliff has gone back to the original manuscript sources to produce a fresh, authoritative new version. The volume also contains invaluable editorial materials, including an introduction describing the world as it stood on the eve of Polo's departure, and examining the fantastical notions the West had developed of the East. Marco Polo was born in 1254, joining his father on a journey to China in 1271. He spent the next twenty years travelling in the service of Kublai Khan. There is evidence that Marco travelled extensively in the Mongol Empire and it is fairly certain he visited India. He wrote his famous Travels whilst a prisoner in Genoa. Nigel Cliff was previously a theatre and film critic for The Times and a regular writer for The Economist, among other publications, and now writes historical nonfiction books. His first book, The Shakespeare Riots, was published in 2007 and shortlisted for the Washington-based National Award for Arts Writing. His second book, The Last Crusade: Vasco da Gama and the Birth of the Modern World appeared in 2011 and was shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize.

The Book of Marvels and Travels


Author: John Mandeville,Anthony Bale

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199600600

Category: History

Page: 178

View: 9725

In his Book of Marvels and Travels, Sir John Mandeville describes a journey from Europe to Jerusalem and on into Asia, and the many wonderful and monstrous peoples and practices in the East. A captivating blend of fact and fantasy, Mandeville's Book is newly translated in an edition that brings us closer to Mandeville's worldview.

The Travels of Marco Polo


Author: Henry Yule

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3732620697

Category: Fiction

Page: 936

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Reproduction of the original.

Marco Polo's Book


Author: John Critchley

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351919970


Page: N.A

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Marco Polo and his book may seem to have been well served by scholars, yet the majority have been concerned to write about his travels in Asia, what he did or did not see, and how useful he is as a source on the East. John Critchley's subject, on the other hand, is the text of Polo's book itself and the political and ideological context - the crusades, the Mongol missions, the French presence in Italy - in which it was put together by its author(s), and read by its audience. The homogeneity of the 'original' Franco-Italian text and the accepted relationship between this text and the Latin recensions is tested by computer analysis. An examination of vocabulary and other textual features draws out the different attitudes and contributions of Polo himself and his various editors and translators. Critchley's book will be of interest not only to those concerned with the history of later medieval Europe but also to specialists in medieval Asia, who will find it useful to know about the background and composition of so famous and frequently cited a work. On pourrait penser que Marco Polo et son livre ont ete amplement debattus par les specialistes en la matiere, cependant la majorite a surtout ecrit A propos de ses voyages en Asie, ce qu'il avait ou n'avait pas vu et sur son utilite en tant que source de references sur l'Orient. Le sujet traite par John Critchley par contre, est le texte mAame du livre de Polo, ainsi que le contexte politique et ideologique - les croisades, les missions mongoles, la presence franAaise en Italie - dans lequel il a ete compose par son ou ses auteurs et dans lequel ses lecteurs ont pu le lire. L'homogeneAte du texte franco-italien d'origine et le rapport accepte entre celui-ci et les revisions latines ont ete analyses par ordinateur. Un examen du vocabulaire et d'autres caracteristiques litteraires fait transparaA(R)tre les differences d'attitudes et de contributions entre Polo

The Travel Book

A Journey Through Every Country in the World


Author: Carolyn Bain,Lonely Planet Publications Staff,Joe Bindloss,Celeste Brash,Paul Clammer,Mary Fitzpatrick,Will Gourlay,Anthony Ham,Bradley Mayhew,Carolyn McCarthy,Matt Phillips,Robert Reid,Regis St. Louis,Ryan Ver Berkmoes,Nicola Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781743219423

Category: Cities and towns

Page: 448

View: 4282

Even the most avid readers of travel guides and travel literature will not have encountered a book quite like this one. It is huge and heavy but reasonably priced, and it is vastly informative, which is its calling card. All the writers who contribute to the Lonely Planet travel guide series have put heads, knowledge, and experience together.



Author: Michael Crichton

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307816494

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 5554

From the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes a deeply personal memoir full of fascinating adventures as he travels everywhere from the Mayan pyramids to Kilimanjaro. Fueled by a powerful curiosity—and by a need to see, feel, and hear, firsthand and close-up—Michael Crichton's journeys have carried him into worlds diverse and compelling—swimming with mud sharks in Tahiti, tracking wild animals through the jungle of Rwanda. This is a record of those travels—an exhilarating quest across the familiar and exotic frontiers of the outer world, a determined odyssey into the unfathomable, spiritual depths of the inner world. It is an adventure of risk and rejuvenation, terror and wonder, as exciting as Michael Crichton's many masterful and widely heralded works of fiction.

The Travels of Marco Polo, the Venetian


Author: Marco Polo

Publisher: Everyman's Library

ISBN: 0307269132

Category: Travel

Page: 421

View: 2381

The thirteenth-century Italian merchant and explorer recounts his history-changing journey along the Silk Road, his adventures in China in the court of Kublai Khan, and his role as an emissary for the powerful Mongol emperor.

The Travels of Marco Polo


Author: Marco Polo

Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1518334814

Category: History

Page: 114

View: 439

Skyros Publishing is dedicated to reproducing the finest books ever written and letting readers of all ages experience a classic for the first time or revisit a past favorite. Marco Polo was an Italian merchant who traveled through Asia and became the first European to write a detailed book on his experiences in China.The Travels of Marco Polo also inspired Christopher Columbus and many other travelers.

The Travels of Pedro Teixeira

With His "Kings of Harmuz" and Extracts from His "Kings of Persia"


Author: Pedro Teixeira,John Stevens

Publisher: N.A


Category: East Asia

Page: 292

View: 2457

Without Reservations

The Travels of an Independent Woman


Author: Alice Steinbach

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0307769828

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 8719

Paris Dear Alice, Each morning I am awakened by the sound of a tinkling bell. A cheerful sound, it reminds me of the bells that shopkeepers attach to their doors at Christmastime. In this case, the bell marks the opening of the hotel door. From my room, which is just off the winding staircase, I can hear it clearly. It reminds me of the bell that calls to worship the novice embarking on a new life. In a way I too am a novice, leaving, temporarily, one life for another. Love, Alice In the tradition of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea and Frances Mayes's Under the Tuscan Sun, in Without Reservations we take time off with Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Steinbach as she explores the world and rediscovers what it means to be a woman on her own. "In many ways, I was an independent woman," writes Alice Steinbach, a single working mother, in this captivating book. "For years I'd made my own choices, paid my own bills, shoveled my own snow, and had relationships that allowed for a lot of freedom on both sides." Slowly, however, she saw that she had become quite dependent in another way: "I had fallen into the habit . . . of defining myself in terms of who I was to other people and what they expected of me." Who am I, she wanted to know, away from the things that define me--my family, children, job, friends? Steinbach searches for the answer to this provocative question in some of the most exciting places in the world: Paris, where she finds a soul mate in a Japanese man; Oxford, where she takes a course on the English village; Milan, where she befriends a young woman about to be married. Beautifully illustrated with postcards Steinbach wrote home to herself to preserve her spontaneous impressions, this revealing and witty book will transport readers instantly into a fascinating inner and outer journey, an unforgettable voyage of discovery. From the Hardcover edition.

The Travels of Marco Polo


Author: L. F. Benedetto

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134284667

Category: History

Page: 488

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First published in 1931. None of the manuscripts which have come down to us represent the original form of Marco Polo's narrative, but it is clear that certain texts are closer to the lost original than others. Entrusted with the task of preparing a new Italian edition of Marco Polo, Benedetto discovered many unknown manuscripts. He carefully edited the most famous of the manuscripts (the Geographic text) and collated it with the other best known ones. · An invaluable index has been added to Aldo Ricci's of Benedetto's text, which includes all the identifications made in the Geographic text and also later editions by Marsden (1818), Pauthier (1865) and Yule (1871). · The difficulty of following Polo on his many journeys has also been simplified by the process of distinguishing between those places on his main route to China and his return journey by sea to Persia and those places which he visited during his stay in China and those he never visited at all.

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville


Author: Sir John Mandeville

Publisher: Booklassic

ISBN: 9635249268

Category: Travel

Page: 149

View: 5329

"Jehan de Mandeville", translated as "Sir John Mandeville", is the name claimed by the compiler of a singular book of supposed travels, written in Anglo-Norman French, and published between 1357 and 1371. By aid of translations into many other languages it acquired extraordinary popularity. Despite the extremely unreliable and often fantastical nature of the travels it describes, it was used as a work of reference — Christopher Columbus, for example, was heavily influenced by both this work and Marco Polo's earlier Il Milione (Adams 53).

The Travels of William Bartram


Author: William Bartram

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820320274

Category: Science

Page: 727

View: 8805

In 1773, naturalist and writer William Bartram set out from Philadelphia on a four-year journey ranging from the Carolinas to Florida and Mississippi. Combining precise and detailed scientific observations with a profound appreciation of nature, he produced a written account of his journey that would later influence both scientists and poets. 31 photos. 12 illustrations. 4 maps.

The Travels of Cyrus, 1

To Urchich is Annexd a Discourse Upon the Theology and Mythbolgy of the Ancients by the Chevalier


Author: Andrew Michael Ramsay

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

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