The Book of Ser Marco Polo the Venetian, concerning the Kingdoms …
The Book of Ser Marco Polo the Venetian, concerning the Kingdoms …

POLO, Marco. The Book of Ser Marco Polo the Venetian, concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East. Translated and edited, with Notes, by Colonel Sir Henry Yule….

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POLO, Marco. The Book of Ser Marco Polo the Venetian, concerning the Kingdoms and Marvels of the East. Translated and edited, with Notes, by Colonel Sir Henry Yule … Third Edition, revised throughout in the Light of recent Discoveries by Henri Cordier (of Paris) … With a Memoir of Henry Yule by his Daughter Amy Frances Yule. London, John Murray 1903.

Two volumes, 8vo. Publisher's original green cloth, decorated in black, spines with gilt-stamped black morocco lettering-pieces; pp. cii, [2], 462; xxii, [2], 662, [2], highly illustrated with maps, plates and facsimiles; light marking to cloth, spines a little rubbed, occasional light spotting, a very good set.
Presentation copy, inscribed by the author's daughter and contributor to this edition, Amy Frances Yule. An impressive, some say the best, edition of Polo's travels, complete with the notes made by Yule to his translation which correlates Marco Polo's movements with modern locations. The Scottish geographer Sir Henry Yule, after relentless travels, settled with his family in Palermo, and researched the mediaeval traveller. 'It was his new edition of the Travels of Marco Polo, published in 1871 (for which he was awarded the gold medal of the Italian Geographical Society and the founder's medal of the Royal Geographical Society), which secured him lasting fame. This two-volume work, long in gestation, represented the fruit not only of his own extensive researches in Palermo, Venice, Florence, Paris, and London, but also of extensive correspondence with scholars throughout the world, including Cristoforo Negri (founder of the Italian Geographical Society) and George Perkins Marsh. It has long been considered an authoritative, if somewhat voluminous, source on Marco Polo's travels' (ODNB).
Provenance: Inscribed in volume one by Amy Yule in 1903 at Tarradale Hose, the home of her relatives, the Murchisons, among them the noted geologist Roderick Murchison. The dedicatee is Charles Kenneth Murchison MP, whose bookplate is inside the front cover. Later bookplates of Sir Arthur P. M. Fleming (engineer and educator) on fly-leaves.

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