his late decease and the grief at his funeral. (9.) Concerning the schismatic or Nestorian Christians who dwell in that country.—Their malice to the Catholics, 249; their numbers and wealth ; the whole country might be
great favour which the Grand Cn beareth towards
—He supplies all their necessities,faith in the pagan temples.churches, and encourages them to preach th
III. CATHAY UNDER THE MONGOLS : EXTRACTED FROM RASHIDUDDIN'S HISTORY (circa 1300-1307).
Sources of the translation, 253 ; birth of Rashiduddin ; profession, 254; Wazir of the Persian Empire ; intrigues against him ; his execution ; repentance of the Khan Abu-Said, who makes Rashid's son Wazir, 255. Stories of Rashid's wealth and accomplishments ; his extensive buildings ; his expenditure on his own books ; his integrity. His great historical work; character of it, 256 ; his geographical ideas ; Quatremère's unfinished translation ; Mr. Morley's project of one.
Cathay, 257 ; the Gulf of Corea ; Khanbaligh ; new city built by Kublai, called Daidu, 258 ; rivers that pass those cities ; Kublai's great canal, 259 ; ramparts of Daidu, 260 ; Kublai's summer palace at Kaiminfu ; roads to it ; description of the foundations, 261 ; classification of Chinese cities and governing officers, 262 ; the great officers of state, 263 ; Chingsangs and Fanchans ; the whole gradation of dignitaries, 264 ; names of existing incumbents ; the great council, 265, and six public boards ; system of business, 266 ; peculiar system of indenture in contracts; business of the chief Sing or council, 267 ; provincial Sings ; list of them ; other particulars regarding them, 271; the Isle of Chipangu (Japan) ; south-western forest country; Kafché-Kué (Lower Tungking), 272 ; frontier of Tibet and the Zardandân or Gold-Teeth ; the north-west frontier and its defences, 274.
Iv. PEGOLOTTI'S NOTICES OF THE LAND ROUTE TO CATHAY, ETC. (Circa 1330-1340).
The work Della Decima, etc., by Pagnini, from which these extracts are taken, 279 ; Pegolotti's work ; the MS., 280; the author ; the Bardi Company of Florence, 281; their failures ; date of Pegolotti's book ; its character, a mercantile hand-book ; its contents, 282; comments of Sprengel and Forster ; mistakes of eminent authors regarding Pegolotti ; another work of like character by Giov. da Uzzano contained in Della Decima, 283.
Extracts. Introduction to Pegolotti's book ; explanations of techni-
calities, 284-6; introductory verses, 286.
Chap. I. Information regarding the journey to Cathay, for such as will go by Tana an,d come back with goods.—Tana (Azov) to Gintarchan (Astracan), 287 ; Sara; Organci (Urghanj); Oltrarre (Otrar), 288 ; Armalec (Almalik) ; Camexu (Kancheu) ; Cassai (Hangcheu) ; silver sommi of Tartary, and paper money of Cathay, 289; (note on Chinese paper money) ; Cambalee, 290.