Tokyo: Kodansha International. 1992. Stock ID #167313
Maps, black and white photographic illustrations, xix +219 pages, index, bibliography, notes, dustjacket slightly rubbed and browned on extremities, otherwise a very good copy. Toward the end of the thirteenth century, at about the time Marco Polo was being received by the great Khubilai Khan, a Nestorian Christian monk from China called Rabban Sauma was making the reverse journey from the Mongol capital (what is now Beijing) to Jerusalem. Upon reaching Baghdad - the first traveler to arrive from China - Sauma learned that his pilgrimage could not be fulfilled because of Islamic control of the Holy Land. In "Voyager from Xanadu", Morris Rossabi traces Sauma's trans-Eurasian travels against the turbulent era of the Mongol Empire and the last Crusades. His indispensable book provides a unique first-hand Asian perspective on Europe and illuminates a crucial period in the early history of global, diplomatic, and commercial networking. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 167313).
Price: $44.00 AU