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0041 Cathay and the Way Thither : vol.1
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Chap. II. Things needful for merchants who desire to make the journey to Cathay above described.—Beard, 291; dragomen ; servants, etc. ; provisions to lay in, 292; safety of the road; two contingencies that cause trouble ; Cambalec, a great place of trade, 293 ; calculation of the expenses of a mercantile journey to Cathay ; Tana to Sara the least safe part, 294 ; investments in going; mode of travelling; paper money; prices of silk and silk stuffs in Cathay.

Chap. III. Comparison of the weights and measures of Cathay and of Tana. —Value of certain weights in Genoa lbs., 296; mode of sale of various articles at Tana.

Chap. iv. Charges on merchandise which are paid at Tana on things entering the city, nothing being paid on going forth thereof, 298.

Chap. vI. Of the expenses which usually attend the transport of merchandize from Ajazzo of Erminia to Torissi by land, 299.

Chap. vii. Detail showing how all goods are sold and bought at Constantinople, and of the expenses incurred by traders, etc. (extracts), 302.—A few part pillars regarding the contents of other parts of the work, 307; a list of religious houses in Scotland supplying wool; also part of a list of those in England, 308.



Biographical and Introductory Notices.

The author, otherwise called John of Florence, 311 ; his family ; approximate date of birth, 312 ; a Franciscan ; works of his known, besides that containing these recollections. Embassy arrives at Avignon from the Grand Khan, 313 ; apparently genuine ; the Khan's letter to the Pope, 314; letter of Christian Alan chiefs to the Pope ; digression regarding the Alans in the Mongol service, 316 ; the Pope sends a return mission, 318 ; Marignolli one of the legates, 319 ; and eventually it would seem chief or sole legate, 320 ; departure of the mission (1338) ; M. at Constantinople ; Kipchak, 321; Armalec ; Kamil; Cambalec ; stays there for three or four years ; Zayton ; sails for India ; residence in Malabar ; visits tomb of St. Thomas; visits Saba; digression regarding this country, which is probably Java; extract from Peter of Abano regarding Sumatra, with a sketch derived from Marco Polo, 324; Marignolli visits Ceylon; his views about the terrestrial paradise ; other medieval notions on that subject, 326; Marignolli's homeward route by Hormuz, Baghdad, Aleppo, the Holy Land and Cyprus, 328 ; arrival at Avignon (1353) ; the Emperor Charles IV makes him one of his chaplains; he is made Bishop of Bisignano; whilst with the Emperor at Prague he is desired to digest the Bohemian chronicles, 329 ; he lightens this hateful task by introducing digressions on his Asiatic travel, which furnish these recollections ; the work forgotten ; printed in 1768 by Dobner, 330 ; the travels commented on by Meinert and by Kunstmann ; probable date of the composition ; Marignolli's character as a writer, 331 ; his incoherence and confusion; probably advanced in years ; confirmation of this by a curious letter from a bishop of Armagh ; the letter, 332; the writer must have been Archbishop Fitz-Ralph, 333 ;