Travels (Marco Polo)
Marco Polo was the most famous traveler of his time (late 1200s) and is still well-known for his many voyages. He wrote this account of his travels, and it gives a glimpse of the different societies he encountered (religions, customs, way of life, etc.), as well as treasures like the spices and silks of the East, exotic vegetation, and wild beasts. There are stories about a holy shoemaker, a wicked caliph and three kings, and much more. This Penguin Classics edition was translated with an introduction by Ronald E. Latham. 384 pgs, pb.