'An extraordinary compendium of history and art … a marvel of a book … a brilliant survey that could not be put together in real time, a catalogue of an exhibition that could never be … This is a book to fundamentally jolt our endemic Eurocentricism and Western complacency … [a] one-volume museum'
'The many magnificent illustrations make one long to go travelling'
Spectator, Martin Gayford’s Books of the Year
'A superbly illustrated volume … the huge variety of the travellers and the merchandise along these complex trajectories is handsomely laid out in this delightful, informative and continually surprising work'
The Arts Desk, Books of the Year
'A book to experience rather than read … simultaneously erudite and accessible'
Asian Review of Books