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The Travels of Marco Polo

by Jason Goodwin Marco Polo William Marsden Manuel Komroff

Marco Polo's account of his journey throughout the East in the thirteenth century was one of the earliest European travel narratives, and it remains the most important. The merchant-traveler from Venice, the first to cross the entire continent of Asia, provided us with accurate descriptions of life in China, Tibet, India, and a hundred other lands, and recorded customs, natural history, strange sights, historical legends, and much more. From the dazzling courts of Kublai Khan to the perilous deserts of Persia, no book contains a richer magazine of marvels than the Travels.This edition, selected and edited by the great scholar Manuel Komroff, also features the classic and stylistically brilliant Marsden translation, revised and corrected, as well as Komroff's Introduction to the 1926 edition.

Viajes

by Marco Polo

"Los viajes de Marco Polo", publicado por primera vez en francés, es probablemente el libro de viaje más famoso e influyente de toda la historia. La riqueza de sus intensas descripciones supuso para la Europa medieval la primera toma de contacto con la realidad de China, además de las primeras noticias sobre otros países como Siam (Tailandia), Japón, Java, Cochinchina (en la actualidad una parte de Vietnam), Ceilán (en la actualidad Sri Lanka), Tibet, India y Birmania. Durante mucho tiempo, esta obra fue la única fuente de información de Europa sobre la geografía y el modo de vida en el Lejano Oriente. Además, sirvió de modelo para elaborar los primeros mapas fiables de Asia que se hicieron en Europa, y despertó en Cristóbal Colón el interés por el Oriente, que culminó con el descubrimiento de América en 1492, cuando pretendía llegar al Lejano Oriente que Marco Polo había descrito, navegando rumbo oeste desde Europa. También sugirió la posibilidad de abrir una ruta marítima completa al Lejano Oriente bordeando África,hecho que finalmente llevaría a cabo entre 1497-1498 el navegante portugúes Vasco da Gama.

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