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Travels of Marco Polo
Marco Polo (au); Benjamin Colbert (in);
Marco Polo (1254-1329) and his “Travels” is one of the first great travel books of Western lit., outside the ancient world. It recounts Polo’s journey to the eastern court of Kublai Khan, the chieftain of the Mongol empire which covered the Asian continent, but which was unknown to Polo’s contemporaries. Encompassing a 24-year period from 1271, Polo’s account details his travels in the service of the Great Khan over the breadth of the empire, from Beijing to northern India, and ends with the story of his return voyage from the Chinese port of Amoy to the Persian Gulf. Alternately factual and fantastic, Polo’s prose reveals the medieval imagination’s limits, and captures the wonder of subsequent travel writers when faced with the unfamiliar, the exotic or the unknown. Maps.
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