Marco Polo and his Description of the World

J.A. Boyle describes how the Venetian traveller’s account of his travels sometimes tried his friends’ credulity.

Marco Polo wearing a Tatar outfit, date of print unknown.
Marco Polo wearing a Tatar outfit, date of print unknown.

Marco Polo is perhaps the most famous traveller who ever lived, and the fame he has always enjoyed is amply justified by the immensity of the territories whose very existence he was the first to reveal to the Christian West. His achievement has been eloquently summed up by the greatest of his commentators, Sir Henry Yule.

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