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The mysteries of the Marco Polo maps

Author: Benjamin B Olshin
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Concerns a collection of maps and associated documents claimed to be from Marco Polo's time or that of his daughters (as many of the maps have the name or one or another of the three daughters on them). Discusses provenance, authenticity, and history of the documents, known to scholars as "the Marco Polo Maps" since 1948, here discussed fully for the first time.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Marco Polo; Marco Polo; Marco Polo; Marco Polo
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin B Olshin
ISBN: 9780226149820 022614982X
OCLC Number: 869825302
Description: ix, 174 pages : maps (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: The "Marco Polo" maps and the Polo family --
Who was "Biaxio Sirdomap"? --
To the distant east --
The daughters' maps --
Chronicles and histories --
Maps of the new world --
Conclusions and future directions --
Appendix 1: an inventory of the documents --
Appendix 2: a partial genealogy of the Rossi family --
Appendix 3: genealogy of the family of Marco Polo the traveller.
Responsibility: Benjamin B. Olshin.

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While Marco Polo's writings would go on to inspire the likes of Christopher Columbus, scholars have long debated their veracity. Now, there's new evidence: a collection of fourteen little-known maps  Read more...

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"The maps and documents associated with the Rossi family and the various claims that they date back to the time of Marco Polo have always been a mystery and a problem for historians of cartography, Read more...

 
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