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Marco Polo
translation: Henry Yule, Henri Cordier

THE TRAVELS OF MARCO POLO
Volume II.

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VOLUME II

Journey to the West and South-West of Cathay.

XXXV.—HERE BEGINS THE DESCRIPTION OF THE INTERIOR OF CATHAY; AND FIRST OF THE RIVER PULISANGHIN

NOTES.—1. Marco's Route. 2. The Bridge Pul-i-sangin, or Lu-ku-k'iao.

XXXVI.—ACCOUNT OF THE CITY OF JUJU

  NOTES.—1. The Silks called Sendals. 2. Chochau. 3. Bifurcation of Two
  Great Roads at this point.

XXXVII.—THE KINGDOM OF TAIANFU

NOTES.—1. Acbaluc. 2. T'ai-yuan fu. 3. Grape-wine of that place. 4. P'ing-yang fu.

XXXVIII.—CONCERNING THE CASTLE OF CAICHU. THE GOLDEN KING AND PRESTER JOHN

NOTES.—1. The Story and Portrait of the Roi d'Or. 2. Effeminacy reviving in every Chinese Dynasty.

XXXIX.—HOW PRESTER JOHN TREATED THE GOLDEN KING HIS PRISONER
XL.—CONCERNING THE GREAT RIVER CARAMORAN AND THE CITY OF CACHANFU

  NOTES.—1. The Kará Muren. 2. Former growth of silk in Shan-si and
  Shen-si. 3. The akché or asper.

XLI.—CONCERNING THE CITY OF KENJANFU

  NOTES.—1. Morus alba. 2. Geography of the Route since Chapter XXXVIII.
  3. Kenjanfu or Si-ngan fu; the Christian monument there. 4. Prince
  Mangala.

XLII.—CONCERNING THE PROVINCE OF CUNCUN, WHICH IS RIGHT WEARISOME TO TRAVEL THROUGH

NOTE.—The Mountain Road to Southern Shen-si.

XLIII.—CONCERNING THE PROVINCE OF ACBALEC MANZI

  NOTES.—1. Geography, and doubts about Acbalec. 2. Further Journey into
  Sze-ch'wan.

XLIV.—CONCERNING THE PROVINCE OF SINDAFU

NOTES.—1. Ch'eng-tu fu. 2. The Great River or Kiang. 3. The word Comereque. 4. The Bridge-Tolls. 5. Correction of Text.

XLV.—CONCERNING THE PROVINCE OF TEBET

NOTES.—1. The Part of Tibet and events referred to. 2. Noise of burning bamboos. 3. Road retains its desolate character. 4. Persistence of eccentric manners illustrated. 5. Name of the Musk animal.

XLVI.—FURTHER DISCOURSE CONCERNING TEBET

  NOTES.—1. Explanatory. 2. "Or de Paliolle." 3. Cinnamon. 4. 5. Great
  Dogs, and Beyamini oxen.

XLVII.—CONCERNING THE PROVINCE OF CAINDU

NOTES.—1. Explanation from Ramusio. 2. Pearls of Inland Waters. 3. Lax manners. 4. Exchange of Salt for Gold. 5. Salt currency. 6. Spiced Wine. 7. Plant like the Clove, spoken of by Polo. Tribes of this Tract.

XLVIII.—CONCERNING THE PROVINCE OF CARAJAN

NOTES.—1. Geography of the Route between Sindafu or Ch'eng-tu fu, and Carajan or Yun-nan. 2. Christians and Mahomedans in Yun-nan. 3. Wheat. 4. Cowries. 5. Brine-spring. 6. Parallel.

XLIX.—CONCERNING A FURTHER PART OF THE PROVINCE OF CARAJAN

NOTES.—1. City of Talifu. 2. Gold. 3. Crocodiles. 4. Yun-nan horses and riders. Arms of the Aboriginal Tribes. 5. Strange superstition and parallels.

L.—CONCERNING THE PROVINCE OF ZARDANDAN

NOTES.—1. Carajan and Zardandan. 2. The Gold-Teeth. 3. Male Indolence. 4. The Couvade. (See App. L. 8.) 5. Abundance of Gold. Relation of Gold to Silver. 6. Worship of the Ancestor. 7. Unhealthiness of the climate. 8. Tallies. 9.-12. Medicine-men or Devil-dancers; extraordinary identity of practice in various regions.

LI.—WHEREIN IS RELATED HOW THE KING OF MIEN AND BANGALA VOWED VENGEANCE AGAINST THE GREAT KAAN

  NOTES.—1. Chronology. 2. Mien or Burma. Why the King may have been
  called King of Bengal also. 3. Numbers alleged to have been carried on
  elephants.

LII.—OF THE BATTLE THAT WAS FOUGHT BY THE GREAT KAAN'S HOST AND HIS SENESCHAL AGAINST THE KING OF MIEN

  NOTES.—1. Nasruddin. 2. Cyrus's Camels. 3. Chinese Account of the
  Action. General Correspondence of the Chinese and Burmese Chronologies.

LIII.—OF THE GREAT DESCENT THAT LEADS TOWARDS THE KINGDOM OF MIEN

NOTES.—1. Market-days. 2. Geographical difficulties.

LIV.—CONCERNING THE CITY OF MIEN, AND THE TWO TOWERS THAT ARE THEREIN, ONE OF GOLD, AND THE OTHER OF SILVER

  NOTES.—1. Amien. 2. Chinese Account of the Invasion of Burma. Comparison
  with Burmese Annals. The City intended. The Pagodas. 3. Wild Oxen.

LV.—CONCERNING THE PROVINCE OF BANGALA

NOTES.—1. Polo's view of Bengal; and details of his account illustrated. 2. Great Cattle.

LVI.—DISCOURSES OF THE PROVINCE OF CAUGIGU

NOTE.—A Part of Laos. Papesifu. Chinese Geographical Etymologies.

LVII.—CONCERNING THE PROVINCE OF ANIN

NOTES.—1. The Name. Probable identification of territory. 2. Textual.

LVIII.—CONCERNING THE PROVINCE OF COLOMAN

NOTES.—1. The Name. The Kolo-man. 2. Natural defences of Kwei-chau.

LIX.—CONCERNING THE PROVINCE OF CUIJU

NOTES.—1. Kwei-chau. Phungan-lu. 2. Grass-cloth. 3. Tigers. 4. Great Dogs. 5. Silk. 6. Geographical Review of the Route since Chapter LV. 7. Return to Juju.

 

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