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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.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3864 KB
  • Print Length: 443 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (26 Feb. 2015)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M8PUC76
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on 13 June 2017
By Amazon Customer
Best, Excellent

Five Stars

 on 30 April 2017
By Amazon Customer
Great book.

Not quite what I expected but very interesting – especially …

 on 17 December 2016
By Dave Tilbury
Not quite what I expected but very interesting – especially if you read in conjunction with a modern map of Asia.

Definitive modern edition

One person found this helpful.
 on 3 August 2017
By Dan Coin
This is a modern translation with minimal commentary or footnotes. If you’ve seen earlier editions, most of them are extremely heavygoing with archaic language and enormous passages of the translator’s or editor’s commentary inserted into the text, which makes reading and enjoying Marco’s book straightforwardly almost impossibly. I came to this Penguin edition by way of ‘Travels in the Land of Serpents and Pearls (Penguin Little Black Classics)’ which is an excerpt from this full edition written in sparkling clear simple language. Very glad I found it! The clothbound edition is beautiful with good quality binding and paper and decent sized text along with a map outlining Marco’s travels.

Barely believable adventures

4 people found this helpful.
 on 29 January 2017
By Bernie (xyzzy)
A very remarkable book written in the 13th century. Many secrets were reviled when Marc returned. And may interesting explanations of things like the origin of cinnamon.

Good Adventure

3 people found this helpful.
 on 4 September 2016
By Amazon Customer
Arrived on time and was completely fresh and undamaged, looks amazing and is a really interesting read especially if you like the Netflix T.V. series because it allows you to take a better interest into the real Marco Polo.

Five Stars

One person found this helpful.
 on 24 September 2016
By S.P.
Excellent historical book. Major league world history classic.

Great gift

 on 9 November 2016
By ALAN 81
Bought this as a gift, my dad was very happy with this book
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