1960 · Berkeley
Although Marco Polo was not the first European to see Asia, his account of his travels with his father and uncle and his time in Asia was the first European chronicle of such an experience. Leonardo Olschki (1885–1961), an Italian Orientalist and literary scholar, here provides comprehensive commentary on Polo's travels by consulting both medieval and modern sources on the cultures and communities the explorer experienced. Olschki's popular commentary was translated from the Italian by John A. Scott after it was recognized as one of the most thorough overviews of the famed travelogue.
At the rear here is a => small folding map of Marco Polo's Asia, tracing the itineraries of the Polos and giving both the historical and modern names of countries and geographical features. There are eight black and white plates throughout; the title-page is in red and black.
Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small book label ("AHA") at rear. Publisher's black cloth with gilt lettering to spine, in original dust jacket; extremities of boards lightly rubbed, jacket rubbed and edgeworn with chipped spine-ends. An overall good copy with a clean interior. (Inventory #: 38031)