The Travels of Marco Polo, by Marco Polo

Preface

There is no need of a long Preface to this small book. When the third edition of the Book of Ser Marco Polo was published in 1903, criticism was lenient to the Editor of YULE’S grand work, and it was highly satisfactory to me that such competent judges as Sir Aurel STEIN and Sven HEDIN gave their approval to the remarks I made on the itineraries followed in Central Asia by the celebrated Venetian Traveller.

Nevertheless occasional remarks having been made by some of the reviewers, proper notice was taken of them; moreover, it was impossible to avoid some mistakes and omissions in a work including several hundreds of pages. As years went on, extensive voyages were undertaken by travellers like Sir Aurel STEIN, Sven HEDIN, PELLIOT, KOZLOV, and others, who brought fresh and important information. I had myself collected material from new works as they were issued and from old works which had been neglected. In the mean time I had given a second edition of Cathay and the Way Thither, having thus an opportunity to explore old ground again and add new commentaries to the book.

All this material is embodied in the present volume which is to be considered but as a supplementary volume of “Addenda” and “Corrigenda” to the Book itself. I have gathered matter for a younger editor when a fourth edition of the Book of Ser Marco Polo is undertaken, age preventing the present editor to entertain the hope to be able to do the work himself.

To many who lent their aid have I to give my thanks: all are named in the following pages, but I have special obligation to Sir Aurel STEIN, to Dr. B. LAUFER, of Chicago, to Sir Richard TEMPLE, and to Prof. Paul PELLIOT, of the College de France, Paris, who furnished me with some of the more important notes. A paper by Prof. E.H. PARKER in the Asiatic Quarterly Review proved also of considerable help.

HENRI CORDIER.

PARIS, 8, RUE DE SIAM,

11th of November, 1919.

Synopsis of Contents

Preface

Marco Polo and His Book

Introductory Notices.
Prologue.

Sarai — Shang tu — Khitán inscription

Book I. Account of Regions Visited or Heard of on the Journey from the Lesser Armenia to the Court of the Great Kaan at Chandu

Baudas — Nasich — Death of Mostas’im-Tauris — Cala Ataperistan — Persia — Fat-tailed sheep — The Caraunas Robbers — Pashai — Hormos — Tun-o-Kain — Tutia — Arbre sec — Old Man of the Mountain — Road to Sapurgan — Dogana — Badakhshan — Wakhan — Plateau of Pamir — Paonano Pao — Yue Chi — Bolor — Khotan — Pein — City of Lop — Great Desert — Camul — Chingintalas — Sukchur — Campichu — Etzina — Tatar — Karacathayans — Keraits — Death of Chingiz Khan — Tailgan — Marriage — Tengri — Coats of Mail — Reindeer — Sinju — Gurun — King George — Tenduc — Christians.

Book Second.

Part I. — The Kaan, His Court and Capital.

Nayan — P’ai Tzu — Mongol Imperial Family — Hunting Leopard — Cachar Modun — Bark of Trees — Value of Gold — Ch’ing siang — Cycle of Twelve — Persian.

Part II. — Journey to the West and South-West of Cathay.

Wine and Vines — Christian Monument at Si-ngan fu — Khumdan — Mubupa — Chien tao — Sindafu — Tibet — Wild Oxen — Kiung tu — Karajang — Zardandan — Couvade — King of Mien — Burma — Nga-tshaung-gyan — Caugigu.

Part III. — Journey Southward Through Eastern Provinces of Cathay and Manzi.

Ch’ang Lu Salt — Sangon-Li T’an — Sinjumatu — Great Canal — Caiju — Lin Ngan — Yanju — Yang Chau — Siege of Saianfu — P’ao — Alans — Vuju — Kinsay — Silky Fowls — Sugar — Zaitun.

Book iii. Japan, the Archipelago, Southern India, and the Coasts and Islands of the Indian Sea

Náfún — Japanese War — Chamba — Pulo Condore — Locac — Lawaki — Pentam — Tana–Malayu — Malacca — Sumatra — Ferlec — Sago Tree — Angamanain — Dog-headed Barbarians — Ceylon — Sagamoni Borcan — Barlaam and Josaphat — Tanjore — Chinese Pagoda at Negapatam — Suttees in India — Maabar — St. Thomas — Calamina — Cail — Sappan — Fandaraina — Gozurat — Two Islands called Male and Female — Scotra — The Rukh — Giraffes — Zanghibar — Aden — Esher — Dufar — Frankincense.

Book iv. Wars Among the Tartar Princes and Some Account of the Northern Countries

Russia

Appendices.

LIST OF MSS. OF MARCO POLO’S BOOK SO FAR AS THEY ARE KNOWN

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF MARCO POLO’S BOOK

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PRINTED EDITIONS

TITLES OF SUNDRY BOOKS AND PAPERS WHICH TREAT OF MARCO POLO AND HIS BOOK

SUPPLEMENTARY NOTE

ANDAMAN AND NICOBAR ISLANDS

Index

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