Some distance from that island is an island named Java, and there are seven kingdoms under it, and in it grows
p.253every kind of spice, such as ginger, and cloves, and canel, and mace, and nutmeg and every other spice, and the husk that is round the nutmeg is the mace. And there is nothing in the World wanting save wine. And the king of that country is wealthy and potent (?), and in the floor of his halls and his courts and his chambers the stones are one of gold, another of silver;16 and the walls of his court are on the same plan. And on the walls and floors is abundance of stories painted and battles; and no one on earth would believe the wealth of that country save one who should see it. And often has the king of that land gained victory in battle from Magnus Khan, though he is the greatest king in the world.