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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 Abbott's valuable unpublished Report upon some of the Interior Provinces of Persia ; and to Mr. T. T. Cooper, one of the most adventurous travellers of modern times, for leave to quote some passages from his unpublished diary.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.

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I. OBSCURITIES IN THE HISTORY OF HIS LIFE AND BOOK.

RAMUSIO'S STATEMENTS

§ 1. Obscurities, &c. 2. Ramusio his earliest Biographer; his Account

of Polo. 3. He vindicates Polo's Geography. 4. Compares him
with Columbus. 5. Recounts a Tradition of the Traveller's
Return to Venice. 6. Recounts Marco's Capture by the
Genoese. 7. His statements about Marco's liberation and
marriage. 8. His account of the Family Polo and its ter-
mination.

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Asia and Eastern Europe. 11. China. 12. India and Indo-

China.

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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

there.

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IV. DIGRESSION CONCERNING THE MANSION OF THE Polo

FAMILY AT S. GIOVANNI GRISOSTOMO

$ 23. Probable period of their establishment at S. Giovanni Grisostomo.

24. Relics of the Casa Polo in the Corte Sabbionera. 24a.
Recent corroboration as to traditional site of the Casa Polo.

V. DIGRESSION CONCERNING THE WAR-GALLEYS OF THE MEDI-

TERRANEAN STATES IN THE MIDDLE AGES

$ 25. Arrangement of the Rowers in Medieval Galleys ; a separate Oar

to every Man. 26. Change of System in 16th Century. 27.
Some details of 13th-Century Galleys. 28. Fighting Arrange-
ments. 29. Crew of a Galley and Staff of a Fleet. 30. Music
and miscellaneous particulars.

VIII. NOTICES OF MARCO Polo's HISTORY AFTER THE TER-

MINATION OF HIS IMPRISONMENT AT GENOA

$ 43. Death of Marco's Father before 1300. Will of his Brother Maffeo.

44. Documentary Notices of Polo at this time. The Sobriquet
of Milione. 45. Polo's relations with Thibault de Cepoy. 46.
His Marriage, and his Daughters. Marco as a Merchant. 47.
His Last Will; and Death. 48. Place of Sepulture. Professed
Portraits of Polo. 49. Further History of the Polo Family.

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.

XI. SOME ESTIMATE OF THE CHARACTER OF POLO AND HIS

BOOK ..

$ 66. Grounds of Polo's Pre-eminence among Medieval Travellers. 67.

His true claims to glory. 68. His personal attributes seen but
dimly. 69. Absence of scientific notions. 70. Map constructed
on Polo's data. 71. Singular omissions of Polo in regard to
China ; historical inaccuracies. 72. Was Polo's Book materi-
ally affected by the Scribe Rusticiano ? 73. Marco's reading
embraced the Alexandrian Romances. Examples. 74. In-
justice long done to Polo. Singular Modern Example.

LEDGE..

$ 79. Tardy operation, and causes thereof. 80. General characteristics

of Medieval Cosmography. 81. Roger Bacon as a Geographer.
82. Marino Sanuto the Elder. 83. The Catalan Map of 1375,
the most complete medieval embodiment of Polo's Geography.
84. Fra Mauro's Map. Confusions in Cartography of the 16th
Century from the endeavour to combine new and old informa-
tion. 85. Gradual disappearance of Polo's nomenclature.
86. Alleged introduction of Block-printed Books into Europe
by Marco Polo. 87. Frequent opportunities for such introduc-
tion in the Age following Polo's.

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XIV. EXPLANATIONS REGARDING THE BASIS ADOPTED FOR THE

PRESENT TRANSLATION..

$ 88. Texts followed by Marsden and by Pauthier. 89. Eclectic

Formation of the English Text of this Translation. 90. Mode

of rendering Proper Names.

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