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0497 Marco Polo : vol.1
Marco Polo : vol.1 / Page 497 (Color Image)

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THE DESCRIPTION OF THE WORLD, NOGAI IS VICTORIOUS small cattle. And his men who saw their lord that he acted in such a way, they exert themselves with all their might and ran upon their enemies very fiercely and did them too great evil . And why should I make you a long story ? You may know quite truly that the people of Toctai had exerted themselves as most they can to [Inc] maintain their honour, but it was vain. For too much had they to do with good men and strong. They had all endured so much that they see clearly that if they stay there longer they are all dead. And so when they saw that they could endure no more they set themselves to flight as fast as ever they can. And king Nogai and his men go chasing and killing them and do them too great evil. In such way as you have heard Nogai won the battle. Moreover I tell you that quite 60000' men died in it on one side and on the other, and wounded and maimed without VB number. But the king Toctai escapes and the two sons of Tolobuga likewise

escaped. But moreover you will know that in this action the king Toctai did not gather the z

whole force which he could, for he fully believed he would defeat Nogai with the people whom

he had collected, since Nogai had conic to the battle with one quarter fewer people than he.

But yet, as you have heard, because the people of Nogai were more valiant and tried in the

use of arms than the people of Toctai, so king Toctai succumbed in the battle and the conflict

overwhelmed him. And therefore afterwards king Toctai gathered his whole force together and

rose up mar fully against king Nogai and defeated and killed hint and his four sons who were

very valiant and tried men. And so vengeance was done for the death of Tolobuga. •2

Now you have heard all the facts which were possible to tell of Tartars and of Saracens and TA

of their life and customs, and of as many other countries which are in the world as was

possible to search and know, except that we have said or spoken nothing of the Greater Sea

nor of the provinces which are around it, though we have well explored it all. Therefore I

omit to speak of it, since it seems to me to be wearisome to speak that which may be unnecessary

and useless, nor that which others know always, since they are so many who explore it and sail it

every day, as is well known, such as are Venetians and Genoese and Pisans and many other


1 VB: I20000

2 The addition to the story of Toctai and Nogai in Z has rather the look of the work of someone who wished the story to end happily for the sons of Tolobuga, but it is said to be confirmed by the historians. See PN.

VB ends, immediately after the story of Toctai and Nogai, with the words: "I think I have told enough of the things met with (preuenute) and credibly heard from people and truthful persons, and therefore I will make an end." For the colophon see p. 54.


he final note from TA is here translated from TA', with small additions from TA'. The latter has the colophon: Esplicit liber de milione chonpilato per messere marcho polo di uinegia deo graKi as

F itself has no colophon except deo gratias amen.