RARE Antique Ser Marco Polo Maps Old World History Book Venetian
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This is a fascinating and scarce antique historical book with a full-page map at the front and a fold-out color map in good condition for the age at the back. It is entitled "The Book of Ser Marco Polo the Venetian," Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East, edited by George B. Parks, published by The Book League of America, New York, 1929, with 392 pages. This title and edition is very rare except in new reprints, and has sold in the past in worse condition for $75 to $150.
The folding color map depicts parts of the Middle East, Africa, Far East, and Southeast Asia showing geographic names of the time, Medieval names in gothic, and land and sea routes of Marco Polo and also John of Pian de Carpine 1245-1247 and William of Rubruck (Rubruquis) 1253-1255. There is one small centimeter-sized edge tear at the crease by the spine that does not detract. Overall in very good bright, crisp, colorful condition.
Names, places, events, topics, and other contents mentioned in this book include accounts of regions visited or heard of on the journey, the Great City of Baghdad and How it was Taken, the Christians, the Eight Kingdoms of the Great Country of Persia and the Three Kings, wars and battles, slaves and slavery, the Old Man of the Mountain, the Pope of Rome, the Great Kubla Khan, the Tablet of Gold, Tibet, the City of Acre, Jengis the First Khan of the Tartars / Genghis Khan, Kamadin and its Ruins, Bokhara, Messers Nicolo and Maffeo Polo, nobility, the naval war between Venice and Genoa, The Great City of Yezd, The March Against Prester John and his Descendants, Sir Henry Yule, Kirman, Armenia, Turcomania, Georgia and the Kings, the Prayer of the One-Eyed Cobbler that Caused the Mountain to Move, Concerning Astrologers, The Mountains of Salt, Nestorian Christian Priests, Kashmir, Customs and God of the Tartars, Kubenan and the Great Things that are Made There, Japan, Southern India, the Archipelago, Coasts and Islands of the Indian Sea, London merchants and merchant ships, The Seven Arts, Tauris, the Monastery of Saint Barsauma, expeditions, the Desert of Eight Days Journey, assassins, high feasts and festivals, the Fashion of the Idols, The Great Island of Java, The Place Where Lieth the Body of St. Thomas the Apostle; and of the Miracles Thereof, The Palace in the City of Shangtu, The Revolt of Nayan, Khan Kublai, The Bark of Trees Made into Paper Money, accused fabrication of marvels proven to be fact, The History of Sakya-Muni Burkhan and the Beginning of Idolatry, the City of Ormuz, princes and lords, the Northern Countries, Turkey, The Charity of the Emperor to the Poor, Taican, The Mongol States, Arabia, Jerusalem, The Oppressions of Ahmad the Bailo and the Plot Formed Against Him, The Preaching Friars, Negropont, A Guard of Twelve Thousand Horse called Keshikten, religion and views of the soul, China, Black Worshipers of Mahommet ( Muhammed or Mohammed ), Sumatra, The Land of Darkness, armor, weapons, and customs of war, the Province of Lar Whence the Brahmans Come, Kingdom of Motupalli, Two Islands Called Male and Female and Why They are So Called, The Island of Madagascar, Zanzibar, hunting and hounds, prisoners, Badakshan, The City of Ayas Upon the Sea, the Gulf of Kalhat, Queen Bulughan, mariners, King Kaidu and his Valiant Daughter, the City of Kayal, Russia and its People, King David Melic, archers, knights, and soldiers, the Iron Gate, Quilon, The Country of Champa, The People Afflicted with Dearth or Murrain, Rice-Wine of Cathay, Black Stones Burnt for Fuel, weaving, arts, and crafts, Kishm, the Great River Euphrates, The Three Magi, The City of Saba, Mosolins or cloths of gold and silk, City of Cambaluc, the City of Shibrgan, the Treasure Tower, Maabar called India the Greater, the Island of Ceylon, the Saracens, the Jacobites, the Abbot and monks, Kan-Chu, Etzina, Account of the City of Juju, The Slaughter of Alans in Chang-Chau, Perlak, sorceries and the diabolical arts, The War Between Hulagu and Barka, fruits, gardens, birds, and other plants and animals of the different lands, The River Pulisangin, Posts and Runners throughout the Lands, Khotan, polygamy, Yarkand, The Twelve Barons, Jesus Christ and Christianity, The Castle of Ki-Chau, The Great City of Kinsay - Capital of the Whole Country of Manzi, Aden, Dhafar, iron and steel products (including steel mirrors), production of Tutia (very good for the eyes) and Spodium, The Kingdom of Tai-Yuen-Fu, Feats and Victory of King Noghai, Balas Rubies and Other Valuable Gems, Egrigaia, City of Balkh, funerals, burials, and ceremonies for the dead, Kish, Basra, the Marble Palace and the Cane Palace, Tampiju, the Great Haven of Zayton, the Island of Nicobar, and much more!
It has a green cloth hardcover with gold gilt design, black labeling on the spine, rough-cut page edges, and throughout the pages appear to be mostly clean, bright, and very readable with no other apparent significant tears or markings, except an owner's name signed in pencil inside the front cover, and the binding is entirely intact with only slight loosening at the hinges and minor surface and edgewear to the cover and spine typical from handling.
Overall, a very rare, interesting, and wonderful old collectible book about Marco Polo's life, adventures, history, geography and travels in beautiful condition.
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