Marco Polo | manuscripts

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French: Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Manuscrits, Français 2810 Marco Polo,Le Livre des merveilles; Odoric de Pordenone,Itinerarium de mirabilibus orientalium Tartarorum, traduit en français par Jean le Long; Guillaume de Boldensele,Liber de quibusdam ultramarinis partibus et praecipue de … → Continue reading


Il Viazo del clarissimo Messer Ambrosio Contarini …

Ambrogio Contarini: Viaggio ad Usun Hassan re di Persia (Venice : Hannibal Foxius, 16 Jan. 1487)

Digitized: Biblioteca Casanatense, Roma (BEIC) Bibliographic references: BS 2051, ISTC ic00867500, GW 7443

Il Viazo del clarissimo Messer Ambrosio Contarini Ambasciator della Illustrissima Signoria di Venetia al Signor Vxuncassan Re de Persia (Venetia M. D. XLIII. … → Continue reading



The Venetian diplomat and merchant Giosafat Barbaro (1413–1494) traveled to the Genoese colony Tana on the Sea of Azov and witnessed the disintegration of the Golden Horde. His account contains some information on China which he obtained from other travelers and people he met in Tana.

[Ambrogio Contarini: Viaggio ad Usun Hassan re di Persia. … → Continue reading


Marco Polo (1481)

The earliest printed edition of Marco Polo’s account was a German version printed in Nuremberg in 1477. The second edition was printed in 1481 in Augsburg following a history of Archduke Leopold of Austria and his son William of Austria.

Hie hebt sich an ein schoene vnd kurczweilige hystori zelesen von herczog … → Continue reading


John Mandeville: Itineraria

Jehan de Mandeville (John Mandeville or John of Mandeville) is the name claimed by the (unknown) compiler of a book of (supposed) travels. The book, written in Anglo-Norman French, was compiled between 1357 and 1371 and covers travels to the Holy Land, the Far Eastm and to the land of Prester John. It gained popularity … → Continue reading


Pius II: Historia rerum ubique gestarum

Pius II, Pont. Max. (formerly Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini, 1406-1464): Historia rerum ubique gestarum. Cum locorum descriptione non finita Asia Minor [Reprod.] Per Johannem de Colonia sociumque ejus Johannem Manthen de Gherretzem (Venetiis) 1477.

Digitized: > gallica (digitization seems to be based on a microfilm) > Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:12-bsb00059963-3) … → Continue reading


Dionysius : De situ orbis …

Dionysius <Periegeta>/Antonio Beccaria: De situ orbis (Venedig: Erhard Ratdolt, Berhnahrd Maler, Peter Loeslein 1477)

Digitized: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:12-bsb00052473-2) Bibliographic references: ISTC No. id00253000, BSB-Ink D-177, GW 8426, Löwendahl 0001 Entry in Wiener China-Bibliographie

Dionysius <Periegeta>/Antonio Beccaria/Hieronymus de Leonardis: De situ orbis … → Continue reading


Marco Polo: De conditionibus et consuetudinibus orientalium regionum

Marco Polo’s account first appeared in print in German in Nuremberg in 1477, the first edition in Latin appeared six years later in Gouda.

Marco Polo/Francesco Pipino (transl.): De conditionibus et consuetudinibus orientalium regionum (Gouda: Gerard Leeu, 1483 – before 11 June 1484).

Digitized: > Wielkopolska Biblioteka Cyfrowa … → Continue reading


Marco Polo (1477)

The earliest printed edition of Marco Polo’s account was published in German in 1477

Puch des edeln Ritters und landtfarers Marcho Polo, in dem er schreibt die grossen wunderlichen ding dieser welt. Übers. aus dem Ital. (Norimberg, Friedrich Creußner, 1477). 122 pp.

Digitalized: > Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:12-bsb00004552-7 [full … → Continue reading


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