The Travels

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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 Travels of William Bartram

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Author: William Bartram

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 9780820320274

Category: Science

Page: 727

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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 Marco Polo

The Complete Yule-Cordier Edition : Including the Unabridged Third Edition (1903) of Henry Yule's Annotated Translation, as Revised by Henri Cordier, Together with Cordier's Later Volume of Notes and Addenda (1920).

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Author: Marco Polo,Sir Henry Yule,Henri Cordier

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486275871

Category: Travel

Page: 896

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A vast treasury of invaluable observations on the peoples and geography of the Near East and Asia in the 13th century. Detailed descriptions of cities, customs, laws, crops, animals, politicals, more.

The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity

A Study in Sociological Semantics and the Sociology of Science

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Author: Robert K. Merton,Elinor Barber

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400841526

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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From the names of cruise lines and bookstores to an Australian ranch and a nudist camp outside of Atlanta, the word serendipity--that happy blend of wisdom and luck by which something is discovered not quite by accident--is today ubiquitous. This book traces the word's eventful history from its 1754 coinage into the twentieth century--chronicling along the way much of what we now call the natural and social sciences. The book charts where the term went, with whom it resided, and how it fared. We cross oceans and academic specialties and meet those people, both famous and now obscure, who have used and abused serendipity. We encounter a linguistic sage, walk down the illustrious halls of the Harvard Medical School, attend the (serendipitous) birth of penicillin, and meet someone who "manages serendipity" for the U.S. Navy. The story of serendipity is fascinating; that of The Travels and Adventures of Serendipity, equally so. Written in the 1950s by already-eminent sociologist Robert Merton and Elinor Barber, the book--though occasionally and most tantalizingly cited--was intentionally never published. This is all the more curious because it so remarkably anticipated subsequent battles over research and funding--many of which centered on the role of serendipity in science. Finally, shortly after his ninety-first birthday, following Barber's death and preceding his own by but a little, Merton agreed to expand and publish this major work. Beautifully written, the book is permeated by the prodigious intellectual curiosity and generosity that characterized Merton's influential On the Shoulders of Giants. Absolutely entertaining as the history of a word, the book is also tremendously important to all who value the miracle of intellectual discovery. It represents Merton's lifelong protest against that rhetoric of science that defines discovery as anything other than a messy blend of inspiration, perspiration, error, and happy chance--anything other than serendipity.

The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

The Fantastic 14th-Century Account of a Journey to the East

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Author: John Mandeville

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486147398

Category: Travel

Page: 288

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This fascinating work, ostensibly written to encourage and instruct pilgrims traveling to biblical lands, recounts the author's alleged experiences in the Holy Land, India, China, and beyond.

The Travels of Ching

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Author: Robert Bright

Publisher: Denio Press

ISBN: 1939218055

Category: Dolls

Page: 64

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In the land of China a dollmaker made a little doll. The doll's name was Ching. This is the adventure of a little doll who travels from the mountains of China to big city penthouses in search of someone who wants him.

The Travels of Cyrus

To which is Annexed, a Discourse Upon the Theology and Mythology of the Pagans

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Author: Ramsay (Chevalier, Andrew Michael),Nicolas Fréret

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Mythology

Page: 404

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The Travels of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ

From His Infancy to His Ascension Into Heaven. ... the Travels of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Wise Men ... St. John the Baptist. ... St. Peter, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Paul ... By Thomas Allen, M.A.

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Author: Thomas Allen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 170

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