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0478 Marco Polo : vol.1
Marco Polo : vol.1 / Page 478 (Color Image)

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    R v faithfully obey keeps his people in great peace, which is the proper duty of a king. . And they have very great quantities of flocks, these are camels, horses, oxen, and sheep,

v z VB and many other animals.' They have also very large bears as large as large oxen, all LT TA white, which are for the more part more than twenty palms long each. They have

L vs v TA V VB many foxes all black and very large. And they have many•great wild asses. They have

v weasels large as cats. • And they have plenty of sables; these are they from which the z P dear skins are made, of which I have told you above•(in the second book, chapter 20). z G that they are of so great value that one mans skin coat, that is a knights cloak, is worth TA V LT LT moo bezants of silver.3•And they have squirrels in very great abundance which have LT very delicate and dear skins. They have the rat of Pharaoh of which they catch in summer VB LT such a supply and such a very great multitude that they scarcely eat other flesh, and all the VA LT summer they live on them, for they are not very large' of their kind. They have vs VB enough of all other wild things because they live in very wild and out of the way vs places, and places very strong by their position and nature. And again you may know R LT quite truly that this king has some country all uninhabited and like a desert, • on the R borders of the land of which we have spoken above, • before one comes to the place where the said LT Tartars dwell, such that no horse can go there, nor any very large or heavy animals such as oxen, asses, and camels, or any other like animals, because it is a land where there are TA LT many lakes and many springs and streams •which make that region very marshy, and because of the exceeding cold of that province there is almost always ice so thick that boats cannot pass by there, and yet there is not so much strength in the ice that it can bear heavy carts LT or heavy animals, and in all the rest of the plain beside the lakes, because of the multitude of R springs of water which are almost always running, the ice is so great there (except for LT some months of the year when the sun melts it) and the mire and the mud that no road by which a cart or any large,, heavy, and stout animal can pass is visible, and a horse cannot LT go there.' And this country so bad lasts for thirteen days.' journeys, and because there is so great a multitude of the aforesaid precious skins of which very great trade and very great profit are made, so the men of that province have found such a remedy, for this purpose that the merchants and traders of other parts may be able to have a way and access to their, for

1 FRAMPTON adds "but they are deade." VL: uari asai e cari so for "deade" read "deare".

2 LT: aninialia parua que uocantur in lingua eorum rondes ... hec pelles uocantur çambeline --- and so P. The second book, chapter 20 (21 in LT), is part of chapter 94 above.

3 VA,G: "of gold."

4 car il sunt mout grant Z, V, L,P, LT support the text of F as it stands, but it may be possible that we should read "they are very great[hunters]", or as in VA.

5 R adds "except at that time when there is ice."

6 TA, V, \'L: "twelve" and so below. G: "twenty-two"