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The Travels of Marco Polo
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The Travels of Marco PoloIntroduction
Principal Figures of the House of Genghis Khan
Map: Travels of Marco Polo
Prologue
Book I
Of Regions Visited or Heard of on the Journey from Lesser Armenia to the Court of the Great Khan at Shangtu
Book II
Of the Great Kublai Khan and of Provinces Visited on Journeys Westward and Southward
Book III
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
Book IV
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
Afterword
Index

About the Author

Marco Polo (1254-1324) was the son of a Venetian merchant and traveler. In 1271, Marco, with his father and uncle, began a journey that four years later led to their being accepted at the court of Kublai Khan. During these years, they traveled extensively in Persia and China, through regions almost totally unknown to the Western world. In service to the Khan, Marco explored Tibet and Burma and many of the remote provinces of China; it is possible that he went to the southern parts of India as well. Participating in a military conflict between Genoa and Venice, he was taken prisoner in 1298. While in captivity, he dictated the Travels of Marco Polo to a fellow prisoner.

Milton Rugoff was a longtime editor for several publishing houses. He is the author of a number of books, including A Harvest of World Folk Tales, Marco Polo's Adventures in China, The Great Travelers, and The Beechers: An American Family in the Nineteenth Century, which was nominated for an American Book Award in 1982.

Howard Mittelmark is an editor, book critic, and coauthor of How Not to Write a Novel. He lives in New York City.

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"A timeless addition to any travel collection."

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