By Henry Yule (editor)
The guides of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made to be had edited (and occasionally translated) early money owed of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, involves a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works by means of authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and overlaying voyages to the hot international, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. This quantity, first released in 1866, is the 1st of 2 compilations edited by means of Colonel Henry yuletide on contacts with China earlier than the invention of sea routes to the east. Yule's special introductory essay surveys the historical past of ecu contacts with the east, starting with the Greek geographers and going as much as the 13th century. He then offers the narratives of the Franciscan Odoric of Pordenone and different missionary friars within the fourteenth century.
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NOTES ON THE INTERCOURSE OF CHINA AND THE WESTERN NATIONS PREVIOUS TO THE DISCOVERT OP THE SEA-ROUTE BY THE CAPE. "—Abel Bemusat. I. EARL1KST TRACES OF INTERCOURSE. GBEEK AND ROMAN KNOW- LEDGE OF CHINA. 1. THAT spacious seat of ancient civilisation which we call CHINA has loomed always so large to western eyes, and has, in spite of its distance, subtended so great an angle of vision, that, at eras far apart, we find it to have been distinguished by different appellations according as it was regarded as the terminus of a southern sea-route coasting the great peninsulas and islands of Asia, or as that of a northern land route traversing the longitude of that continent.
I. Latin text of Odoric, from a MS. in the Imperial Library at Paris (Fonds Latin, No. 2584); with various readings, p. i. II. Old Italian text of Odoric, from a MS. in the Palatine Library at Florence (E, 5, 9, 6, 7); with various readings, p. xliii. in. Transcript from the MS. of the first two chapters of Pegolotti, in the Eiccardian Library at Florence (No. 2441), p. lxiv. INDEX to the whole work. PRELIMINARY ESSAY. NOTES ON THE INTERCOURSE OF CHINA AND THE WESTERN NATIONS PREVIOUS TO THE DISCOVERT OP THE SEA-ROUTE BY THE CAPE.
THE TKAVELS OJP IBN BATUTA IN CHINA, ETC. Sails from the Maldives to Bengal, 457; that country characterised; its great cheapness; Sadkawan (supp. Chittagong), 458; the King Fakhruddin, 459; his revolt and wars with the governor of Laknaoti (Gaur), 460; the traveller visits the country of Kamru (Silhet, vide note E) 461; the Shaik Jalaluddin; his ascetic life and longevity; his previsions, 462; his treatment of Ibn Batuta; story of the shaikh's goat's hair mantle and his predictions, 463; the city of Habank, 464; Sunurkawan (Sunarganw), 465; sails for Java (Sumatra), 466; Barahnagar (supposed coast near Negrais); dog-mouthed people; Java (Sumatra), 467; city of Sumatra, 468 ; the King Al Zhahir; departure for China; Mul-Java (continent on Gulf of Siarn); Kakula, 469; Kaniara (confusions connected with this name), 469; elephants; aloes-wood; self-immolation; traveller's account of spices; incense; camphor, 470; Indian aloes-wood, 471; the clove (his mis-statements), 472.
Cathay and the Way Thither, Volume 1: Being a Collection of Medieval Notices of China by Henry Yule (editor)