Genealogy, History, Manuscripts, Travels - Quantity: 2 - Limited edition, other extra - see description
|Object:||Book (More lots)|
|Number of Books:||2|
|Subject:||Genealogy, History, Manuscripts, Travels|
|Author/ Illustrator:||A.C. Moule & P. Pelliot|
|Book Title:||Marco Polo The Description of the World|
|Publication year oldest item:||1938|
|Publication year youngest item:||1935|
|Publisher:||George Routledge, London|
|Extras:||Limited edition, other extra - see description|
Vol 1: 595 pages. Vol 2: i-cxxxi (it includes a 12 pages booklet with pictures of original manuscript). Thick 4to (29 x 22,7 cm). Original full brown buckram. Minor foxing.
Very escarce and difficult. The original work was intended to be published in 4 vols of which only Vols 1 & 2 were actually produced as a limited edition of 450 copies only. Ex-libris of the American Consul Angus Ward, arrested in communist China in 1948-1949 and sparking the onset of the Cold War.
This is by far the most complete and most authoritative translation of the work of Marco Polo (1254-1324), based on a latin manuscript found by Sir Percival David (1892-1964) in the Catedral de Toledo in Spain where it had lain forgotten for 130 years. That manuscript was a copy written in 1795 and was in turn based on a manuscript written in about 1400.
Arthur Christopher Moule (1873-1957) painstakingly transcribed it into type written text. The Latin text was published as Volume 2 in 1935, even though it was published first.
Volume 1 followed three years later and was published in 1938. A. C. Moule took 17 different versions of the Marco Polo manuscripts. He combined them into one document by putting into italics those words that are not found in the other versions. An authentic collector's rarity.
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|Rest of Europe||$71.02|