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The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps$
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Benjamin B. Olshin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226149820

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226149967.001.0001

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Chronicles and Histories

Chronicles and Histories

(p.68) Five Chronicles and Histories
The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps

Benjamin B. Olshin

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 5 looks at those materials in the collection that are texts rather than cartographic images. Two documents in the collection seemed to have been written to elucidate the nature of the collection as a whole, while also providing details on some of the maps and cartographic renderings. The “Lorenzo Polo Chronicle” is a text that discusses, briefly, the Polo family and manuscripts left by a “Rugerio Sanseverino.” The text describes the Polo family, some of the maps, and other matters. The “Spinola Chronicle” is a text in the form of a letter to “Elisabetta Feltro della Rovere Sanseverino” and signed “Guido Spinola.” This chapter gives translations and analyses of these “chronicles”, and examines them in the context of such works as Ramusio’s version of the Polo narrative, further elucidating this collection, but also raising new and interesting questions.

Keywords:   Lorenzo Polo, Sanseverino, Spinola, Ramusio, history, chronicle

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