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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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(p.1) Introduction
The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps

Benjamin B. Olshin

University of Chicago Press

Here, some background on this obscure but intriguing set of maps is presented. This introductory chapter outlines the history of the maps and how they came to be in the possession of the present owner through an Italian family surnamed Rossi. It also provides an overview of some of the brief studies that were done on some of these maps in the 1930’s through the 1950’s, tracing some comments found in correspondence by various scholars of medieval history and cartography experts of the period concerning these maps.

Keywords:   Rossi, Marco Polo, maps, history, geography, cartography, exploration, Asia

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