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Lot 145: MARCO POLO. IN CUI SI TRATTA LE MERAVIGLIOSE. [VENICE, 1555]
China in print and on paper, including the Library of Bernard Hanotiau and the Floyd Sully Collection
07 November 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 8vo (147 x 94mm.), publisher's woodcut device on title, twentieth-century red morocco by G. Huser, spine in compartments with raised bands, gilt edges, dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, minor repairs to some corners and inner margin of final text leaf (touching a few letters)
Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, where appropriate.
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Provenance: Livio Ambrogio, bookplate
Literature: EDIT16 CNCE 50668 (cf. 66667 a variant dated 1555); Cordier, Sinica 1970; Sabin 44498 ("The travels of Marco Polo in the East claim a place in an American collection in consequence of the remarks of distinguished geographers that they were perused by Columbus... and stimulated the great navigator to accomplish through the sea, what the Venetian traveller had by land"); Western Travellers in China 6; cf. PMM 39