The Resource Marco Polo and the discovery of the world, by John Larner

Marco Polo and the discovery of the world, by John Larner

Label
Marco Polo and the discovery of the world
Title
Marco Polo and the discovery of the world
Statement of responsibility
by John Larner
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
After many years in Asia, Marco Polo wrote one of the most influential books of the past millennium. No mere travel account, Polo's Book is a work that played a key role in the development of European overseas expansion. In this engaging and authoritative book, historian John Larner explores for the first time the full range and influence of Polo's Book on the history of geography and exploration. Larner assesses the findings of modern scholarship and offers an original account of Marco Polo and his family, of how and why the Book came into being, and of its reception over the centuries. Beginning with a discussion of the extent of European knowledge of Asia early in the thirteenth century, Larner considers what is known about Marco Polo's life and the composition of his text. He examines the Book's scope and sources (vindicating its author from recent claims that he never visited China), as well as the nature of Polo's cooperation with his co-author Rustichello da Pisa. He traces the manuscript forms and translations of the Book in the Middle Ages, its influence on western cartographers, its fortunes in the climate of fifteenth-century Humanism, the possible extent of its encouragement of Columbus, and its later evolution into such new guises as the object of historical scholarship and exotic curiosity. Finally, Larner provides a fresh view of the enigmatic Marco Polo who, despite a deliberate cultivation of impersonality, continues today to engage the attention of readers
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1930-2008
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Larner, John
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
G370.P9
LC item number
L27 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Polo, Marco
  • Polo, Marco
  • Polo, Marco
  • Polo, Marco
  • Voyages and travels
  • Travel, Medieval
  • Exploration
  • Cartography
  • Explorers
  • Civilization, Medieval
  • Explorateurs
  • Voyage
  • Travel
  • Travel, Medieval
  • Voyages and travels
  • Ontdekkingsreizen
  • Reisbeschrijvingen
  • Asia
  • Asie
  • Asia
Label
Marco Polo and the discovery of the world, by John Larner
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [224]-242) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Images of Asia and the coming of the Mongols -- The Polos -- Marco Polo and Rustichello -- The making of the book -- The description of the world -- Varieties of the book -- Marco, merchants and missionaries -- Marco among the humanists -- Columbus and after -- Jesuits, imperialists and a conclusion -- A note on manuscripts of the book -- Times of travel to China by land -- Marco Polo and world maps of the fifteenth century
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 250 pages
Isbn
9780300079715
Lccn
99024887
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), color maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)40990259
  • (OCoLC)ocm40990259
Label
Marco Polo and the discovery of the world, by John Larner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [224]-242) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Images of Asia and the coming of the Mongols -- The Polos -- Marco Polo and Rustichello -- The making of the book -- The description of the world -- Varieties of the book -- Marco, merchants and missionaries -- Marco among the humanists -- Columbus and after -- Jesuits, imperialists and a conclusion -- A note on manuscripts of the book -- Times of travel to China by land -- Marco Polo and world maps of the fifteenth century
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 250 pages
Isbn
9780300079715
Lccn
99024887
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), color maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)40990259
  • (OCoLC)ocm40990259

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