The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian: Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East, Volum 2;Volum 156

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John Murray, 1871
 

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Pàgina 102 - And be these juggling fiends no more believed, ;>< That palter with us in a double sense; That keep the word of promise to our ear, And break it to our hope.
Pàgina 279 - The children that are born here are black enough, but the blacker they be the more they are thought of; wherefore from the day of their birth their parents do rub them every week with oil of sesame, so that they become as black as devils.
Pàgina 283 - I can assure you that during all that space of forty years she had administered her realm as well as ever her husband did, or better ; and as she was a lover of justice, of equity, and of peace, she was more beloved by those of her kingdom than ever was Lady or Lord of theirs before.
Pàgina 217 - I may tell you moreover that when people bring home pygmies which they allege to come from India, 'tis all a lie and a cheat. For those little men, as they call them, are manufactured on this Island, and I will tell you how. You see there is on the Island a kind of monkey which is very small, and has a face just like a man's.
Pàgina 287 - You must know," Marco Polo says, "that these Abraiaman are the best merchants in the world, and the most truthful, for they would not tell a lie for anything on earth.
Pàgina 187 - ... They have but one deck, though each of them contains some 50 or 60 cabins, wherein the merchants abide greatly at their ease, every man having one to himself. The ship hath but one rudder, but it hath four masts ; and sometimes they have two additional masts, which they ship and unship at pleasure.1 [Moreover the larger of their vessels have some thirteen compartments or severances...
Pàgina 272 - ... that is to say, the damsels prepare dishes of meat and other good things and put the food before the idol, and leave it there a good while, and then the damsels all go to their dancing and singing and festivity for about as long as a great Baron might require to eat his dinner. By that time they say the spirit of the idols has consumed the substance of the food, so they remove the viands to be eaten by themselves with great jollity. This is performed by these damsels several times every year...
Pàgina 179 - The harbour of Zaitun is one of the greatest in the world — I am wrong ; it is the greatest ! I have seen there about an hundred first-class junks together ; as for small ones, they were past counting.
Pàgina 138 - First and foremost, then, the document stated the city of Kinsay to be so great that it hath an hundred miles of compass. And there are in it twelve thousand bridges of stone, for the most part so lofty that a great fleet could pass beneath them. And let no man marvel that there are so many bridges, for you see the whole city stands as it were in the water and surrounded by water, so that a great many bridges are required to give free passage about it.
Pàgina 266 - This order has been given because the King desires to reserve all such to himself; and so in fact the quantity he has is something almost incredible. Moreover several times every year he sends his proclamation through the realm that if any one who possesses a pearl or stone of great value will bring it to him, he will pay for it twice as much as it cost. Everybody is glad to do this, and thus the King gets all into his own hands, giving every man his price. Furthermore, this King hath some five hundred...

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