The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian; Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East Volume 1

The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian; Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ... a perfectly inconclusive endeavour, by M. Roux de Rochelle, to identify the Arbre Sec or Arbrc Sol with a manna-bearing oak alluded to by Q. Curtius as growing in Hyrcania. There can be no doubt that the tree described is, as Marsden points out, a C/iindr or Oriental Plane. Mr. Ernst Meyer, in his learned Gcsehichte der Botanik (Konigsberg, 1854-57, IV. 123), objects tlxit Polo's description of the wood does not answer to that tree. But, with due allowance, compare with his whole account that which Olearius gives of the Chinar, and say if the same tree be not meant "The trees are as tall as the pine, and have very large leaves, closely resembling those of the vine. The fruit looks like a chestnut, but has no kernel, so it is not eatable. The wood is of a very brown colour, and full of veins; the Persians employ it for doors and window-shutters, and when these are rubbed with oil they are incomparably handsomer than our walnut-wood joinery" (I. 526). The Chinar-wood is used in Kashmir for gunstocks. The whole tenor of the passage seems to imply that some eminent individual Chinar is meant. The appellations given to it vary in the different texts. In the G. T. it is styled in this passage "The Arbre Scu/c which the Christians call the Arbrc Sec," whilst in ch. cci. of the same (infra Book IV. chap, v.) it is called " L'Arbre Sol, which in the Book of Alexander is called L'Arbre Scene." Pauthier has here "L'Arbre Soigne, que nous appelons L Arbrc Sec," and in the later passage "L'Arbre Seul, que le Livre Alexandre apelle Arbrc Sec;" whilst Ramusio has here "L'Albero dd Sole che si chiama per i Cristiani L'Albor Sccco," and does not contain the later passage. So also I think all the...show more

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  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 431g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236767705
  • 9781236767707