- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reissue edition (September 30, 1958)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140440577
- ISBN-13: 978-0140440577
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 195 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Travels of Marco Polo Reissue Edition
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Marco Polo travelled to China in 1271 and spent the next twenty years in the service of Kublai Khan. He wrote his famous Travels after returning home, whilst a prisoner in Genoa.
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The Kindle edition is apparently a 100% unedited / unreviewed scan of the book. The result of the 'character recognition' is slightly above random garbage, an excerpt as it appears in the Kindle edition on 2/11/2015:
There are strong grounds, Marsden says, for belieTjlng that this date of 1250, although found in all the editions, is incorrect. In the naanuscript, of which there are copies in the BritifV^iJiuseum and Berlin kbnuiei^ tha oonunencement of the voyage is platted in 1252, and 8om«
THE BROTHERS POLO AT CONSTANTINOPLE. 3
Bail Marco, and MafFeo, the brother of Nicolo, respectal)le and well-informed men, embarked in a ship of their own, witk a rich and varied cargo of merchandise,
If if you have the patience to read through that, more power to you... If, like myself, you unfortunately bought this trash, get a refund from Amazon.
The record Marco Polo left of his travels stirred the imaginations of Europeans about the possibilities that existed beyond their own limited horizons. Little more than two hundred years later they had established a trade route around Africa to reach the Far East, and attempts to do the same thing by sailing westward had revealed the existence of two hitherto entirely unknown American continents.
The Travels of Marco Polo is one of a handful of books that can truly be said to have changed the world. This is not merely another adventure story, it is THE adventure story of all time! The Polos traveled thousands of miles through unknown and hostile territory in order to reach lands hitherto only vaguely rumored to exist. They accomplished it entirely on their own, and not at the head of a conquering army, but as simple commercial travelers.
On the down side, this is not the most convenient of books to get through. A good map is an absolutely necessary accompaniment to the text. Even then, many of the names commonly applied today to many of the people and places alluded to in the text have been changed. In fact, some of the places mentioned in the text don't even exist any more. That is, of course, only to be expected after the lapse of more than 700 years. This edition is provided with copious footnotes which, like the map, are an absolute necessity. However, the editors might have made things a lot easier by altering the names of the people and places to their current spelling, and providing a map with locations plotted on it, without really altering the content of the text.
I mean, really bad. Some pages seem like every other word has random punctuation, random letters... Someone thought they could just OCR a public domain book, not bother to fix it up, and just sell the crappy OCR results.