The Travels of Marco Polo
His journey through the East began in 1271—when, still a teenager, he set out of Venice and found himself traversing the most exotic countries. His acceptance into the court of the great emperor Kublai Khan, and his service to the vast and dazzling Mongol empire, led him to places as far away as Tibet and Burma, lands rich with gems and gold and silk, but virtually unknown to Europeans.
Later, as a prisoner of war, Marco Polo would record the details of his remarkable travels across harsh deserts, great mountain ranges, and dangerous seas, as well as of his encounters with beasts and birds, plants and people. His amazing chronicle is both fascinating and awe-inspiring—and still serves as the most vivid depiction of the mysterious East in the Middle Ages.
Edited and with an Introduction by Milton Rugoff and an Afterword by Howard Mittelmark
Principal Figures of the House of Genghis Khan
Map: Travels of Marco Polo
Of Regions Visited or Heard of on the Journey from Lesser Armenia to the Court of the Great Khan at Shangtu
Of the Great Kublai Khan and of Provinces Visited on Journeys Westward and Southward
Of the Sea of Chin and the Great Island of Zipangu, Which Lies to the East of Cathay, and of the Islands of Java, Angaman and Zeilan, Which Are in Lesser India. Of Greater India, the Richest and Noblest Country in the World. Of the Islands of the Males and the Females, Socotra, Madagascar, and Zanzibar, and the Provinces of Abyssinia and Aden, Which Comprise Middle India
Of the Region of Darkness, the Province of Russia, Great Turkey, and the War Between the Tartars of the West and the Tartars of the East