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The City of Light: The Hidden Journal of the Man Who Entered China Four Years Before Marco Polo
by Jacob D'Ancona, David Selbourne (Translator)
In 1270 a scholarly Jewish merchant called Jacob d'Ancona set out on a voyage from Italy. A year later, he arrived in China at the coastal metropolis of Zaitun, the "City of Light" (now known as Quanzhou), four years before Marco Polo arrived at Xanadu in 1275. Nothing was known of this epochal... 
Hardcover: 528 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.71 x 9.35 x 6.42
Kensington Pub Corp; ISBN: 1559725230;

On the Trail of Marco Polo: Along the Silk Road by Bicycle
by Brady Fotheringham
Listed under Travel China

Invisible Cities
by Italo Calvino, William Weaver (Translator)
"Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expeditions, but the emperor of the Tartars does continue listening to the young Venetian with greater attention and curiosity than he shows any other messenger or explorer of his." So...
Paperback - January 1986

Marco Polo and the Discovery of the World
by John Larner
Marco Polo is important not because he traveled extensively in Asia - other 13th-century Europeans did that - but because he wrote down his experiences for others to read. In this excellent study, John Larner of Glasgow University assesses the impact of Polo's Travels on the intellectual society of his day. The book's contribution to learning was immense, giving medieval Europeans new information that forever changed their understanding of Europe's place in the world. Larner analyzes different versions of the book, originally written in a Genoa prison and translated into many languages within Polo's lifetime. He illustrates a number of fascinating early maps and analyzes Polo's influence on later geographical and literary treatises. Though Polo says very little about himself, Larner finds clues to his personality. Polo left Venice when he was 17 and remained in Asia until he was 41; Europe must have seemed strange to him, even uncouth, after his decades of service to Kublai Khan, Mongol emperor of China, the richest and most sophisticated country in the world at the time. Polo formed a strong affinity with the Mongolians, which may explain his failure to learn the Chinese language or mention Chinese customs such as tea-drinking or foot binding, occasionally suggested as evidence that he never in fact visited China. Marco Polo and the Discovery of the World demonstrates in straightforward language and with satisfying detective work how the record of a man's travels became one the most influential books of the millennium. --John Stevenson -
Paperback: 288 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.77 x 7.75 x 5.01
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr; ; (March 1, )
ISBN: 0300089007

Marco Polo and the Medieval Explorers (World Explorers)
by Rebecca Stefoff, William H. Goetzmann (Editor)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
(Library Binding - December 1992)

Marco Polo for Kids
by Janis Herbert
Reading level: Ages 9-12
The Far East comes alive in this activity book centered on Marco Polo's journey to China from Venice along the 13th-century Silk Road.

Marco Polo: A Journey Through China (Expedition)
by Fiona MacDonald
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback - August 1998

The Travels of Marco Polo
by Marco Polo, Ronald Latham (Editor)
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... 
Paperback: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.74 x 7.77 x 5.03
Viking Press; ISBN: 0140440577; Reissue edition (September 1958)

The Journeyer
by Gary Jennings
Paperback - January 1984
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Myself and Marco Polo: A Novel of Changes
by Paul Griffiths
Hardcover - April 1990
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