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POLO, Marco
Delle meraviglie del mondo per lui vedute Di nuovo ristampato, & osservato l ordine suo vero nel dire
Venice & Trevigi, Angelo Righettini, [1627?]. 8vo, pp. 128, Roman letter, a little Italic. Printer s woodcut device on title-page, 1 decorated initial, a couple of typographical ornaments, full page woodcut illustration representing Marco Polo wearing Mongol clothes and apparently doing a deal. Light age yellowing, diminishing foxing or spotting to first or last ll. A good, clean copy in c1800 tree calf, spine gilt, all edges red. Bookplate of Juan Carlo Ahumada (1890-1976), professor of gynaecology at the University of Buenos Aires, to front pastedown and shelf label to front endpaper, number (binding cost?) inked to rear pastedown. One of the earliest editions, including a charming illustration of Marco Polo at the court of the Khan, of the well-known account of his travel in Asia (and particularly China), which was considered legendary by his contemporaries. Born in Venice (1254) from a family of merchants, in 1271, together with his father Niccolò and the uncle Matteo, he embarked on an epic journey across Asia, arriving in Peking, where he was in the service of Kublai Khan, the Mongolian Emperor, for several years. Returning to Venice in 1298, Marco was taken as a prisoner by Genoese after the battle of Curzola. It was in prison that he dictated his adventures to Rustichello da Pisa who first put them into writing in French, probably using Marco s diary. After gaining his freedom Polo lived in Venice for the rest of his life (1324-25). About 150 manuscript editions in different languages spread within a century, such as the ancient version in Venetian, only recently di … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sokol Books Ltd. ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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