Cathay and the Way Thither, Being a Collection of Medieval Notices of China
'Translated and Edited with a Preliminary Essay on the Intercourse between China and the Western Nations previous to the Discovery of the Cape Route'. Containing the travels of Friar Odoric of Pordenone, 1316-30, and letters and reports from missionary friars from Cathay and India, 1292-1338, in English translation. With a list of 'illustrations from drawings by the author'. This and volume II (First Series 37) have continuous main pagination. The supplementary material includes the 1866 annual report. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1866. Owing to technical constraints it has not been possible to reproduce the 'reduced and condensed translation of the carta catalana of 1375' and the 'Sketch Map to Illustrate Ibn Battuta's Travels in Bengal' which appeared in the first edition of this volume.
Table of Contents
Contents: Dedication and preface; Preliminary essay on the intercourse of China and the Western nations previous to the discovery of the sea-route by the Cape ; Earliest Traces of Intercourse, Greek and Roman knowledge of China; Chinese Knowledge of the Roman Empire; Communication with India; Intercourse with the Arabs; Intercourse with Armenia and Persia, etc; Nestorian Christianity in China; Literary Information regarding China previous to the Mongol era; China, known under the Mongol dynasty as Cathay; Cathay passing into China, Conclusion and Supplementary notes. Cathay and the Way Thither: The travels of Friar Odoric of Pordenone (1316-1330); Letters and reports of missionary friars from Cathay and India (1292-1338); Cathay under the Mongols: Extracted from Rashiduddin's History (circa 1300-1307); Pegolotti's Notices of the Land route to Cathay, etc (circa 1330-1340); John de Marignolli's recollections of Eastern travel (1338-1353); Ibn Batuta's travels in Bengal and China (circa 1347);The journey of Benedict Goes from Agra to Cathay (1602-1607).