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defatigable President of the Italian Geographical Society; to Dr. ZOTENBERG, of the Great Paris Library, and to M. CH. Maunoir, Secretary-General of the Société de Géographie ; to Professor Henry GIGLIOLI, at Florence; to my old friend Major-General Albert Fyrche, Chief Commissioner of British Burma; to Dr. Rost and Dr. FORBES-Watson, of the India Office Library and Museum; to Mr. R. H. MAJOR, and Mr. R. K. Douglas, of the British Museum ; to Mr. N. B. Dennes, of Hongkong; and to Mr. C. GARDNER, of the Consular Establishment in China. There are not a few others to whom my thanks are equally due ; but it is feared that the number of names already mentioned may seem ridiculous, compared with the result, to those who do not appreciate from how many quarters the facts needful for a work which in its course intersects so many fields required to be collected, one by one. I must not however omit acknowledgments to the present Earl of DERBY for his courteous permission, when at the head of the Foreign Office, to inspect Mr. Abbott's valuable unpublished Report upon some of the Interior Provinces of Persia ; and to Mr. T. T. Cooper, one of the most adventurous travellers of modern times, for leave to quote some passages from his unpublished diary.
PALERMO, December 31, 1870.
§ 1. Obscurities, &c. 2. Ramusio his earliest Biographer; his Account
of Polo. 3. He vindicates Polo's Geography. 4. Compares him
Asia and Eastern Europe. 11. China. 12. India and Indo-
III. THE POLO FAMILY. PERSONAL HISTORY OF THE TRAVEL-
LERS TILL THEIR FINAL RETURN FROM THE EAST
§ 13. Alleged origin of the Polos. 14. Claims to Nobility. 15. The
Elder Marco Polo. 16. Nicolo and Maffeo Polo commence
their Travels. 17. Their Intercourse with Kublai Kaan. 18.
Their return home, and Marco's appearance on the scene. 19.
Second Journey of the Polo Brothers, accompanied by Marco.
20. Marco's Employment by Kublai Kaan ; and his Journeys.
21. Circumstances of the departure of the Polos from the Kaan's
Court. 22. They pass by Persia to Venice. Their relations
$ 23. Probable period of their establishment at S. Giovanni Grisostomo.
24. Relics of the Casa Polo in the Corte Sabbionera. 24a.
$ 25. Arrangement of the Rowers in Medieval Galleys ; a separate Oar
to every Man. 26. Change of System in 16th Century. 27.
$ 43. Death of Marco's Father before 1300. Will of his Brother Maffeo.
44. Documentary Notices of Polo at this time. The Sobriquet
the original Work. 52. Old French Text of the Société de
Géographie. 53. Conclusive proof that the Old French Text is
the source of all the others. 54. Greatly diffused employment
of French in that age.
$ 66. Grounds of Polo's Pre-eminence among Medieval Travellers. 67.
His true claims to glory. 68. His personal attributes seen but
$ 79. Tardy operation, and causes thereof. 80. General characteristics
of Medieval Cosmography. 81. Roger Bacon as a Geographer.
XIV. EXPLANATIONS REGARDING THE BASIS ADOPTED FOR THE
$ 88. Texts followed by Marsden and by Pauthier. 89. Eclectic
Formation of the English Text of this Translation. 90. Mode
of rendering Proper Names.