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0450 Marco Polo : vol.1
Marco Polo : vol.1 / Page 450 (Color Image)

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    with their clothes or garments, and with some necessary food for themselves, and' afterwards they tie everything together like a boat or raft so that if it happen through the tossing of the sea that the ship is sunk they all remain upon the sacks; and then they are driven by the course of the winds from day to day toward land, however far out they were to sea, if they were two hundred miles distant from land. And while they are at sea on sacks of this kind, whenever they wish to eat or to drink they take food and drink from the sacks, making them swell up afterwards by blowing. And by this way they escape, but the ships with the other large goods z are lost. Now however, having dealt with these things, we will leave you this sultan and z z will proceed farther to tell you of a very great city which belongs to the sanie province of Aden and has a little king, which is toward the plough-beam and is called Scier. z ABOUT THE CITY OF SCIER. Scier is a very great city which is toward the plough-

v beam and is 4002 miles distant from the port of Aden. And this city has a count TA z who well maintains his land in right and justice. He has also several other cities and villages under him, though it is true that this count is subject to the sultan of

v LT Aden. And they are all Saracens who worship Mahomet. And this city has a very good port, for I tell you quite truly that many ships and many merchants come there from Indie with many wares. And from this city the ships and the merchants go again with many wares to Indic. And again[I tell]you truly that the merchants carry into Indie from this city many good war-horses and many good horses-of-twosaddles3 which are very dear and of great value, and the merchants make very VA great [95b] profit from them and great gain, and there is not a man in the world who P VB could know the number. • Very great quantities of incense white and very good grow

v in this province. And dates also grow there in great abundance. And they have no corn but rice alone, and they have little of that; but I tell you that one carries TA Z z corn in plenty there from abroad' and the merchants they make great profit and gain R from it. They are great fishers, these people, and have fish in great abundance, and LT specially they have many and large & very good ninnies, and there is so great wealth of them there that you would have two large ones for a Venetian groat. They FB live on rice and on flesh & on milk and on fish. They have no wine from grapes, VB LT but they make it from sugar and from rice, and they make wine from dates & delicate VB spices, •very good to drink. Moreover I tell you again another thing. For you may

L know quite truly that they have sheep which have no ears nor seem to have even the



1 itaquod & itaquod should presumably have been cancelled.

2 P, R: 4° LT: 4 G: Soo

3 chaual(de .ii. selles FA (under Aden): grans roncins de .ii. selles Z, p. ciii. cf. Y., II, p. 440, where the conclusion is that the term means horses which would take a riding saddle or a

pack-saddle. VB: boni destrieri dale do ixolle   4 doutre pais