The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, Concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East. Newly Translated and Edited, with Notes, Maps, and Other Illustrations. - Sir Henry Yule 1875 - John Murray, London - Second Edition, Revised with the Addition of New Matter and Many New Illustrations A clean two volume edition of the famous travelogue written by Rustichello da Pisa and Marco Polo, profusely illustrated, with two illustrated title pages in colour, one lithographic frontispiece portrait, sixteen maps(13 in colour, 8 folding), fourteen illustrated plates (4 colour, 1 highlighted in gilt, 6 folding), and numerous woodblock full page illustrations and vignettes throughout the text.

Describing Marco Polo’s travels through Asia, Persia, China and Indonesia between 1271 and 1291. Edited by the prominent geographer and literary scholar Henry Yule, who was awarded the founder's medal of the Royal Geographical Society for his efforts, the result of his research in Palermo, Venice, Florence, Paris and London and of extensive correspondence with scholars around the world.

Volume I contains Book One and Part I of Book Two of the travelogue, with descriptions of the lands of the Middle East and Central Asia that Polo encountered en route to China. Book Two covers Polo's time in China and the court of Kublai Khan. Volume II comprises Part II of Book Two, Book Three which contains descriptions of the coastal regions of Japan and India and the east coast of Africa, and Book Four describing the wars among the Mongols and the regions of the far north, including Russia.
  Sir Henry Yule (1820-89), Scottish Orientalist, was educated at Edinburgh, Addiscombe ,and Chatham, and joined the Bengal Engineers in 1840. He -served in both the Sikh wars, was secretary to Colonel Arthur Phayre's mission to Ava (1855), and wrote Narrative of the Mission to the Court of Ava. He retired in 1862 with the rank of colonel, and devoted his leisure to the 'medieval history and geography of Central Asia. Yule published Cathay and the Way Thither, and The Book of Ser Marco Polo, for which he received the Founder’s Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society of which he was a Fellow, and brought out with Dr Arthur C. Burnell Hobson-Jobson, a dictionary of Anglo-Indian colloquial phrases. For the Hakluyt Society, of which he was for some time president, he edited the Mirabilia descripta of Jordanus and The Diary of William Hedges. From 1875 to 1889 Yule was a member of the Council of India, being appointed K.C.S.I. on his retirement [Britannica].

Provenance: Saint Benedict’s Abbey, Fort Augustus, Scotland, with their illustrated bookplates, and later ownership inscription dated 1929.

Reference: Cordier,
Bibliotheca Sinica 1984.

Two volumes (book size 24.1x17cm), pp. [2] xl [2] [errata slip] 139 [1] 444; [2] xxi [1] 606. In publisher’s smooth dark blue/green cloth, bevelled edges, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, gilt emblem to front boards, black coated endpapers. ‘
Additional Corrigenda’ slip inserted before page 2 in volume I.
  Condition: Near fine, light rubbing to boards, gentle foxing to edges and prelims.   Ref: 110309   Price: HK$ 6,500