Volume I [ edit ] Prologue
Great Princes, Emperors, and Kings, Dukes and Marquises, Counts, Knights, and Burgesses! and People of all degrees who desire to get knowledge of the various races of mankind and of the diversities of the sundry regions of the World, take this Book and cause it to be read to you. For ye shall find therein all kinds of wonderful things, and the divers histories of the Great Hermenia, and of Persia, and of the Land of the Tartars, and of India, and of many another country of which our Book doth speak, particularly and in regular succession, according to the description of Messer Marco Polo, a wise and noble citizen of Venice, as he saw them with his own eyes. Some things indeed there be therein which he beheld not; but these he heard from men of credit and veracity. And we shall set down things seen as seen, and things heard as heard only, so that no jot of falsehood may mar the truth of our Book, and that all who shall read it or hear it read may put full faith in the truth of all its contents.
For let me tell you that since our Lord God did mould with his hands our first Father Adam, even until this day, never hath there been Christian, or Pagan, or 2Tartar, or Indian, or any man of any nation, who in his own person hath had so much knowledge and experience of the divers parts of the World and its Wonders as hath had this Messer Marco! And for that reason he bethought himself that it would be a very great pity did he not cause to be put in writing all the great marvels that he had seen, or on sure information heard of, so that other people who had not these advantages might, by his Book, get such knowledge. And I may tell you that in acquiring this knowledge he spent in those various parts of the World good six-and-twenty years. Now, being thereafter an inmate of the Prison at Genoa, he caused Messer Rusticiano of Pisa, who was in the said Prison likewise, to reduce the whole to writing; and this befell in the year 1298 from the birth of Jesus.
How the Two Brothers Polo Set Forth from Constantinople to Traverse the World 2.
How the Two Brothers Went On Beyond Soldaia 3.
How the Two Brothers, After Crossing A Desert, Came To The City Of Bocara,
and Fell In With Certain Envoys There 4.
How the Two Brothers Took the Envoy's Counsel, and Went to the Court of the Great Kaan 5.
How the Two Brothers Arrived at the Court of the Great Kaan 6. How the Great Kaan Asked All About the Manners of the Christians, and Particularly About the Pope of Rome
How the Great Kaan Sent the Two Brothers as His Envoys to the Pope 8.
How the Great Kaan Gave Them a Tablet of Gold, Bearing His Orders in Their Behalf 9.
How the Two Brothers Came to the City of Acre; and Thence to Venice 10.
How the Two Brothers Again Departed from Venice, on Their Way Back to the Great Kaan, and Took With Them Mark, the Son of Messer Nicolo 11.
How the Two Brothers Set Out from Acre, and Mark Along With Them 12. How the Two Brothers Presented Themselves Before the New Pope
How Messer Nicolo and Messer Maffeo Polo, Accompanied by Mark, Travelled to the Court of the Great Kaan 14.
How Messer Nicolo and Messer Maffeo Polo and Marco Presented Themselves Before the Great Kaan 15.
How the Lord Sent mark on an Embassy of His 16.
How Mark Returned From the Mission Whereon He Had Been Sent 17.
How Messer Nicolo, Messer Maffeo, and Messer Marco, Asked Leave of the Great Kaan to Go Their Way 18. How the Two Brothers and Messer Marco Took Leave of the Great Kaan, and Returned to Their Own Country
Book First [ edit ]
Book Second [ edit ]
Of Cublay Kaan, the Great Kaan Now Reigning, and of His Great Puissance 2.
Concerning the Revolt of Nayan, Who Was Uncle to the Great Kaan Cublay 3.
How the Great Kaan Marched Against Nayan 4.
Of the Battle that the Great Kaan Fought with Nayan 5.
How the Great Kaan Caused Nayan to be Put to Death 6.
How the Great Kaan Went Back to the City of Cambaluc 7.
How the Kaan Rewarded the Valour of his Captains 8.
Concerning the Person of the Great Kaan 9.
Concerning the Great Kaan's Sons 10.
Concerning the Palace of the Great Kaan 11.
Concerning the City of Cambaluc 12.
How the Great Kaan Maintains a Guard of Twelve Thousand Horse, Which Are Called Keshican 13.
The Fashion of the Great Kaan's Table at his High Feasts 14.
Concerning the Great Feast Held by the Grand Kaan Every Year on his Birthday 15.
Of the Great Festival Which the Kaan Holds on New Year's Day 16.
Concerning the Twelve Thousand Barons who Receive Robes of Cloth of Gold from the Emperor on the Great Festivals, Thirteen Changes A-piece 17.
How the Great Kaan Enjoineth his People to Supply him With Game 18.
Of the Lions and Leopards and Wolves that the Kaan Keeps for the Chase 19.
Concerning the Two Brothers Who Have Charge of the Kaan's Hounds 20.
How the Emperor Goes on a Hunting Expedition 21.
How the Great Kaan, on Returning From his Hunting Expedition, Holds a Great Court and Entertainment 22.
Concerning the City of Cambaluc, and its Great Traffic and Population 23.
[Concerning the Oppressions of Achmath the Bailo, and the Plot that was Formed Against him 24.
How the Great Kaan Causeth the Bark of Trees, Made Into Something Like Paper, to Pass for Money All Over his Country 25.
Concerning the Twelve Barons Who Are Set Over All the Affairs of the Great Kaan 26.
How the Kaan's Posts and Runners are Sped Through Many Lands and Provinces 27.
How the Emperor Bestows Help on his People, When They Are Afflicted with Dearth or Murrain 28.
How the Great Kaan Causes Trees to be Planted by the Highways 29.
Concerning the Rice-Wine Drunk by the People of Cathay 30.
Concerning the Black Stones that are Dug in Cathay, and Are Burnt for Fuel 31.
How the Great Kaan Causes Stores of Corn to be Made, to Help his People Withal in Time of Dearth 32.
Of the Charity of the Emperor to the Poor 33.
[Concerning the Astrologers in the City of Cambaluc] 34. [Concerning the Religion of the Cathayans; Their Views as to the Soul; and Their Customs]
Here Begins the Description of the Interior of Cathay; and First of the River Pulisanghin 36.
Account of the City of Juju 37.
The Kingdom of Taianfu 38.
Concerning the Castle of Caichu. The Golden King and Prester John 39.
How Prester John Treated the Golden King his Prisoner 40.
Concerning the Great River Caramoran and the City of Cachanfu 41.
Concerning the City of Kenjanfu 42.
Concerning the Province of Cuncun, Which is Right Wearisome to Travel Through 43.
Concerning the Province of Acbalec Manzi 44.
Concerning the Province of Sindafu 45.
Concerning the Province of Tebet 46.
Further Discourse Concerning Tebet 47.
Concerning the Province of Caindu 48.
Concerning the Province of Carajan 49.
Concerning a Further Part of the Province of Carajan 50.
Concerning the Province of Zardandan 51.
Wherein is Related How the King of Mien and Bangala Vowed Vengeance Against the Great Kaan 52.
Of the Battle That Was Fought By the Great Kaan's Host and His Seneschal Against the King of Mien 53.
Of the Great Descent That Leads Towards the Kingdom of Mien 54.
Concerning the City of Mien, and the Two Towers That Are Therein, One of Gold, and the Other of Silver 55.
Concerning the Province of Bangala 56.
Discourses of the Province of Caugigu 57.
Concerning the Province of Anin 58.
Concerning the Province of Coloman 59. Concerning the Province of Cuiju
Concerning the Cities of Cacanfu and Changlu 61.
Concerning the City of Chinangli, and That of Tadinfu, and the Rebellion of Litan 62.
Concerning the Noble City of Sinjumatu 63.
Concerning the Cities of Linju and Piju 64.
Concerning the City of Siju, and the Great River Caramoran 65.
How the Great Kaan Conquered the Province of Manzi 66.
Concerning the City of Coiganju 67.
Of the Cities of Paukin and Cayu 68.
Of the Cities of Tiju, Tinju, and Yanju 69.
Concerning the City of Nanghin 70.
Concerning the Very Noble City of Saianfu, and How Its Capture Was Effected 71.
Concerning the City of Sinju and the Great River Kian 72.
Concerning the City of Caiju 73.
Concerning the City of Chinghianfu 74.
Concerning the City of Chinginju and the Slaughter of Certain Alans There 75.
Of the Noble City of Suju 76.
Description of the Great City of Kinsay, Which is the Capital of the Whole Country of Manzi 77.
[Further Particulars Concerning the Great City of Kinsay.] 78.
Treating of the Yearly Revenue That the Great Kaan Hath From Kinsay 79.
Of the City of Tanpiju and Others 80.
Concerning the Kingdom of Fuju 81.
Concerning the Greatness of the City of Fuju 82. Of the City and Great Haven of Zayton
Book Third [ edit ]
Book Fourth [ edit ]
Appendices [ edit ]
Genealogy Of The House Of Chinghiz To The End Of The Thirteenth Century
The Polo Families
Genealogy Of The Family Of Marco Polo The Traveller The Polos Of San Geremia
Calendar Of Documents Relating To Marco Polo And His Family
Comparative Specimens Of The Different Recensions Of Polo's Text
Preface To Pipino's Latin Version
Note Of Mss. Of Marco Polo's Book, So Far As Known:
General Distribution Of Mss.
List Of Miniatures In Two Of The Finer Mss. List Of Mss. Of Marco Polo's Book, So Far As They Are Known
Diagram Showing Filiation Of Chief Mss. And Editions Of Marco Polo
Principal Editions Of Marco Polo's Book
Bibliography Of Printed Editions Titles Of Sundry Books And Papers Treating Of Marco Polo And His Book
Titles Of Works Quoted By Abbreviated References In This Book
Values Of Certain Moneys, Weights, And Measures Occurring In This Book.
Supplementary Notes To The Book Of Marco Polo
The Polos At Acre.
Sorcery In Kashmir.
Number Of Pamirs.
Site Of Pein.
A Spanish Marco Polo. Sir John Mandeville. Index
References [ edit ]