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By Henry Yule

The guides of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made on hand edited (and occasionally translated) early bills of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, contains a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works through authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and masking voyages to the recent global, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. This quantity, first released in 1866, is the second one of 2 compilations edited through Colonel Henry yuletide on contacts with China sooner than the invention of sea routes to the east. It comprises extracts from the paintings of Rashiduddin (1247-1318) describing China through the Mongol rule, Ibn Batuta's account of go back and forth in Bengal and China within the fourteenth century, and a checklist of the adventure of the Portuguese Jesuit Benedict Go?s from Agra to Cathay (1602-1607).

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But if when you leave Saracanco you go direct to Oltrarre, it is a journey of fifty days only, and if you have no merchandize it will be better to go this way than to go by Organci. From Oltrarre to AEMALEC2 is forty-five days' journey with pack-asses, and every day you find Moccols. And from Armalec to OAMEXU3 is seventy days with asses, and from Camexu until you come to a river called is fortyfive days on horseback; and then you can go down the river to CASSAI,4 and there you can dispose of the sommv> of silver 1 Oltarre is Otrar, previously called Farab, a city of Turkestan, of which it was once considered the capital.

KARAJANG. This used to be an independent kingdom, and the Sing is established at the great city of Yachi. All the inhabitants are Mahomedans. 3 lltlt. KENJANGFU, one of the cities of Tangkut. 3 12th. Machii or Kamkhu ? is also a city of Tangkut, to which immense territories are attached. Akhtald (or Achiki) 1 On Chinkalan (Canton) also see Odoric, p. 105. The other name Lumkali is doubtful as to reading. Von Hammer read it KunH. 2 Karajang is Yunan. In Marco Polo the modern Tunan is divided into two provinces, the capital of one of which is Jaci (Yachi) as here, and the capital of the other called by the same name as the province.

The remarks of Matwanlin, a medieval Chinese historian, on this subject are curiously like a bit of modern controversy : " Paper should never be money ; it should only be employed as a representative sign of value existing in metals or in produce, which can thus be readily exchanged for paper, and the cost of its transport avoided. At first this was the mode in which paper currency was actually used among merchants. " The Ming dynasty for a time carried on the system of their predecessors, and with like results, till in 1448 the chao, or note, of 1000 cash, was worth but 3!

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