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0192 Marco Polo : vol.1
Marco Polo : vol.1 / Page 192 (Color Image)

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FB VB good hawking which there is the great Kaan stays there very gladly every year at the season of the chase and takes his pleasure there. For he hawks with gerfalcons and P with herodians or falcons and takes [32a] birds enough with great joy and with

V FB VB FB great festivity. And there are found five kinds   manner of cranes in these regions,
R which I will describe to you. The one kind is all black like a raven' with great wings, R and they are very large. The second kind is all white. The wings are larger than the others, white, and very beautiful, for the feathers are everywhere full of round P eyes like those of the tails of the peacock, but they are of the colour of gold very VB V FB splendid and beautiful. And the head they have red and black and •very well formed, FB and black and white at the neck' and of the colour of gold; and they are much larger

V P than any of the others and are very beautiful to behold. • They have eyes of varied colour, R L namely white black and blue. The third kind are like ours of Italy • in every way; and VB R the fourth kind are small (smaller than these here of ours), • having red and blue feathers FB FB TA very beautifully arranged, and at the ears have long drooping red and black and white TA feathers very beautiful.' The fifth kind are all grey; they have the head white & FB red and black, very beautiful and well formed, and they are very large. And near this city is a valley, in which the great Kaan has had several little houses made VB R Of wood & of stone, • where they stay the night, in which he has a very great number of VB R VB cators, which in our language we call the great partridges, and quails kept. And there R is another kind of bird kept and fed for the court of the lord. • And for their food the great Kaan always has millet and panicle and other seeds which such birds like sown over those hill sides in summer, commanding that none shall be reaped so that they may be able to feed R R themselves abundantly. He makes many men stay there to watch these birds that they may not be caught. And they also throw the millet to them in the winter time, and they are so used to the food which is thrown to them about the ground that, as soon as the mac whistles, wherever they may be they come to him, and there is so great abundance of them that VB FB this is a marvel to see. And when the court of the great Kaan is there & comes into VB that country4for hunting & his pleasure he has of these birds in great abundance, as R many as he wishes of them. And in the winter when they are very fat (because for the

1 LT: carbones Others: "raven"

2 autour The addition from FB is supported by several texts. L: bene protractum, of the

head, perhaps for bene perfectum L (Ferrara): collum habent longuet & nigrum L': collum habent nigrum et album

3 G: "The fourth are small and have two heads ; the one head has no eye, and they eat

with the blind head, and with the eyed they drink and see." B., p. cxxiv, quotes the same from LA.

4 LT, P, V: "city"