Marco Polo's Journey to China. 2nd Edition
Twenty-First Century Books, 2013年1月1日 - 132 頁
Can one book really change the world? A handwritten manuscript by Marco Polo in 1288 did. Polo, son of a wealthy Italian merchant, wrote about his incredible experiences traveling to China with his father and uncle on a trade expedition, and also about his adventures as an envoy of Kublai Khan, the ruler of most of China. Polo’s book became a bestseller in Europe in the fourteenth century. It was copied over and over by hand, translated into fourteen languages, and became one of the first books to be printed after the invention of moveable type. The tales inspired others—including Christopher Columbus in the fifteenth century—to seek new sea routes for trade. Polo’s adventures—and manuscript—are one of world history’s most pivotal moments.
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To impress his readers with the quantity of food involved, he cited official records: “the pepper consumed daily in the city of Kinsai for its own use amounts to 43 cart-loads, each cart- load consisting of 223 lb. [100 kilograms].
Polo assures his readers that “for one spice ship that goes to Alexandria [in Egypt] or else- where to pick up pepper for export to Christendom, Zaiton is visited by a hundred.” The ships themselves also captured Polo's attention.
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