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The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps

Benjamin B. Olshin


This book, The Mysteries of the “Marco Polo” Maps, introduces the reader to a very curious collection of little-known maps relating to the voyages of Marco Polo. As far as history tells us, Marco Polo himself never drew any maps recording his travels to the east. Maps such as the 1375 Catalan Atlas use information from the famous Polo narrative in the depiction of Asia, but it does not seem that this or other such cartographic works were based on works that Marco Polo might have brought back. Fra Mauro’s fifteenth-century world map uses Marco Polo’s toponyms, and the Venetian historian, diplom ... More

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

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226149820
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226149967.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin B. Olshin, author