The Travels of Marco Polo, by Marco Polo

Appendix F. — Note of Mss. of Marco Polo so far as they are known.

General Distribution of Mss.

                Latin   French   Italian   German    Irish    Total
GREAT BRITAIN
and IRELAND. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
 Cambridge        3. . . . . . . . . . . . 
 Dublin           1. . . . . . . . . . . . 
 Lismore Castle. . . . . . . . . . . .         1
 Glasgow          2. . . . . . . . . . . . 
 London           4       2         1. . . . ..
 Oxford           1       1. . . . . . . . .

FRANCE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . .   12
 Paris            4       7         1. . . . ..

LUXEMBOURG..   1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    1

BELGIUM. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . .    1
 Brussels  . . .       1. . . . . . . . .

ITALY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   29
 Venice           4  . . .         2. . . . ..
 Ferrara. . . . ..        1. . . . ..
 Milan            1. . . . . . . . . . . . 
 Modena           1. . . . . . . . . . . . 
 Florence         1  . . .         8. . . . ..
 Lucca. . . .   . . .         1. . . . ..
 Siena. . . . ..        1. . . . ..
 Rome             4       1         4. . . . ..

SPAIN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . .    3
 Escurial         1. . . . . . . . . . . . 
 Toledo           1  . . .         1. . . . ..

SWITZERLAND. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
 Bern  . . .       1         1. . . . ..
 Vevey  . . .       1. . . . . . . . .

GERMANY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . .   16
 Munich           4. . . . ..        4  . . . 
 Wolfenbüttel     2. . . . . . . . . . . . 
 Berlin           1. . . . ..        1  . . . 
 Würzburg         1. . . . . . . . . . . . 
 Giessen          1. . . . . . . . . . . . 
 Jena             1. . . . . . . . . . . . 
 Mentz            1. . . . . . . . . . . . 

AUSTRIA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . .    2
 Prague           1. . . . . . . . . . . . 
 Vienna. . . . . . . . .        1  . . . 

SWEDEN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . .    2
 Stockholm  . . .       2. . . . . . . . .

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                 41      16        21        6          1      85
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I add Lists of the Miniatures in two of the finer MSS. as noted from examination.

List of miniatures in the great volume of the French National Library, commonly known as ‘Le Livre des Merveilles’ (fr. 2810) which belong to the Book of Marco Polo.

1. Frontispiece. “Comment les deux frères se partirent de Constantinople pour cherchier du monde.”

2. Conversation with the Ambassadors at Bokhara (fol. 2).

3. The Brothers before the G. Kaan (f. 2 v.).

4. The Kaan giving them Letters (f. 3).

5. “ “ “ “ a Golden Tablet (f. 3 v.).

6. The Second Departure from Venice (f. 4).

7. The Polos before Pope Gregory (f. 4 v.)

8. The two elder Polos before the Kaan presenting Book and Cross (f. 5).

9. The Polos demand congé (f. 6).

10. (Subject obscure) (f. 7).

11. Georgians, and Convent of St. Leonard (f. 8).

12. The Calif shut up in his Treasury (f. 9).

13. The Calif ordering Christians to move the Mountain (f. 10).

14. Miracle of the Mountain (God is seen pushing it) (f. 10 v.)

15. The three Kings en route (f. 11 v.).

16. “ “ “ adoring the Fire (f. 12).

17. (Subject obscure — Travelling in Persia?) (f. 12 v.)

18. Cattle of Kerman (f. 13 v.).

19. Ship from India arriving at Hormus (f. 14 v.).

20. Travelling in a Wood, with Wild Beasts (f. 15 v.).

21. The Old Man’s Paradise (f. 16 v.).

22. The Old Man administering the Potion (f. 17).

23. Hunting Porcupines in Badashan (f. 18).

24. Digging for Rubies in Badashan (f. 18).

25. Kashmir — the King maintaining Justice (i.e., seeing a Man’s head cut off) (f. 19 v.).

26. Baptism of Chagatai (f. 20 v.).

27. People of Charchan in the Desert (f. 21 v.).

28. Idolaters of Tangut with Ram before Idol (f. 22 v.).

29. Funeral Festivities of Tangut (f. 23).

30. (Subject obscure) (f. 24).

31. Coronation of Chinghiz (f. 25 v.).

32. Chinghiz sends to Prester John (f. 26).

33. Death of Chinghiz (f. 27).

34. (Subject obscure) (f. 28).

35. Some of Pliny’s Monsters (ápropos de bottes) (f. 29 v.).

36. A Man herding White Cattle (?) (f. 30 v.).

37. Kúblái hawking, with Cheeta en croupe (f. 31 v.).

38. Kaan on Elephant, in Battle with Nayan (f. 33).

39. Nayan with his wife surprised by the enemy (f. 34).

40. The Kaan’s four Queens (f. 36).

41. The Kaan’s Palace, with the Lake and Green Mount (f. 37).

42. The Kaan’s Son’s Palace (f. 38).

43. The Kaan’s Banquet (f. 39).

44. “ worship of Idols (f. 40).

45. The Kaan travelling in Horse-litter (f. 41).

46. “ hunting (f. 42).

47. “ in Elephant litter (f. 42 v.).

48. The White Feast (f. 44).

49. The Kaan gives Paper for Treasure (f. 45).

50. Couriers arrive before Kaan (f. 46 v.).

51. The Kaan transplants big Trees (f. 47 v.).

52. The Bridge Pulisangin (f. 49).

53. The Golden King as a Cow-herd (f. 50).

54. Trade on the Caramoran (f. 51).

55. The Girls of Tibet (f. 52 v.).

56. Fishing Pearls in Caindu (f. 54).

57. Dragons of Carajan (f. 55 v.).

58. Battle of Vochan (f. 58).

59. The Forests of Mien, Elephants in the Wood (f. 59).

60. “ “ and Unicorns, etc. (f. 59 v.).

61. Lion hunting in Coloman (f. 61).

62. Return from the Chase (f. 62 v.).

63. The Queen of Manzi surrenders (f. 64).

64. The City of Quinsai (f. 67).

65. The Receipt of Custom at Quinsai (f. 69).

66. Curiosities brought from India to Great Kaan (f. 71).

67. War with Chipangu (f. 72).

68. Scene at Sea (an Expedition to Chipangu?) (f. 73 v.).

69. Cannibals of Sumatra (f. 74 v.).

70. Cynocephali (rather Alopecocephali!) (f. 76 v.).

71. The folk of Ma’abar, without raiment (f. 78).

72. Idol worship of Indian girls (f. 80).

73. The Valley of Diamonds (f. 82).

74. Brahmin Merchants (f. 83).

75. Pepper gathering (f. 84).

76. Wild Beasts (f. 85).

77. City of Cambaia (f. 86 v.).

78. Male and Female Islands (f. 87).

79. Madagascar (f. 88).

80. Battle of the Abyssinian Kings (f. 89 v.)

81. City of the Ichthyophagi (f. 91).

82. Arab horses at Calatu (f. 92).

83. Wars of Caidu (f. 93 v.).

84. Prowess of Caidu’s daughter (f. 95 v.).1

List of Miniatures in the Bodleian Ms. Of Marco Polo.2

1. Frontispiece (f. 218).

2. The Kaan giving the Golden Tablet.

3. Presentation of Pope’s Letter.

4. Taking of Baudas.

5. The Bishop before the Calif.

6. The Three Kings at Bethlehem.

7. White Oxen of Kerman.

8. Paradise of the Old Man.

9. River of Balashan.

10. City of Campichu.

11. Battle with Prester John.

12. Tartars and their Idols.

13. The Kaan in his Park at Chandu.

14. Idol Worship.

15. Battle with Nayan.

16. Death of the Rebels.

17. Kaan rewarding his Officers.

18. “ at Table.

19. “ hunting.

20. The Kaan and his Barons.

21. The Kaan’s alms.

22. City of Kenjanfu.

23. “ “ Sindinfu.

24. People of Carajan.

25. The Couvade.

26. Gold and Silver Towers of Mien.

27. Funeral Customs.

28. The Great River Kian?

29. The Attack of Saianfu (with a Cannon, a Mangonel, and a Crossbow).

30. City of Quinsay.

31. Palace of Facfur.

32. Port of Zayton.

33. Cynocephali.

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35. Idolaters of Little Java.

36. Pearl Divers.

37. Shrine of St. Thomas.

38. The Six Kings, subject to Abyssinia.

Part of the Frontispiece is engraved in vol. i. of the present work; the whole of the Frontispiece representing the Piazzetta reduced has been poorly reproduced in Mrs. Oliphant’s The Makers of Venice. London, 1887, p. 134.

Appendix F. — List of Mss. of Marco Polo’s Book so far as they are known.3

The Mss. marked thus ‘*’ are spoken of after Personal Inspection by the Editor.

NO. LOCALITIES. INDICATIONS. LANGUAGE. DESCRIPTION OF MSS. AUTHORITIES.

Great Britain and Ireland.

1 + This MS. Fr. 2810 (formerly 8392), known as the Livre des Merveilles, belonged to the Library of John, Duke of Berry, at the Château of Mehun-sur-Yevre, 1416, No. 116 of the catalogue; also No. 196, p. 186, of Le Cabinet des Manuscrits de la Bibl. Nationale, par. L. Delisle, III. Count A. de Bastard began publishing some of the miniatures, but did not finish the work. Of the miniatures, Nos. 1, 12, 19, 35, 41, 37, 45, 47, 52, 56, 57, 60, 66, 70, 75, 78, 81 are engraved, pp. 258, 273, 282, 310, 316, 317, 328, 332, 340, 348, 350, 354, 381, 392, 406, 411, 417 in Charton’s Voyageurs du Moyen Age, vol. ii., besides two others, pp. 305, 395, not identified; [in my edition of Odoric, I reproduced Nos. 33, 41, 70, pp. 439, 377, 207. — H.C.]; in the present work, Nos 5, 31, 41, 52, 70 are engraved, vol. i. pp. 15, 244, 369; Nos. 52, 70, vol. ii. pp. 5, 311. Nos. 60 and 75 have been reproduced, pp. 97 and 98 of Faguet’s Hist. de la Littérature Française, 2nd ed., Paris, 1900.

2 [Mr. E.W.B. Nicholson, who thought at first that this MS. was written at the end of the 14th century, in his Introduction to Early Bodleian Music, by J.F.R. Stainer and C. Stainer, London, 1901, has come to the conclusion (p. xviii.) that it belongs to the first half of the 15th century. I agree with him. Mr. Nicholson thinks that the writing is English, and that the miniatures are by a Flemish artist; Mr. Holmes, the King’s Librarian, believes that both writing and miniatures are English. This MS. came into the Bodleian Library between 1598 and 1605, and was probably given by Sir Thomas Bodley himself. — H.C.]

3 [This List was printed in vol. ii. pp. 449–462 of the first edition of the Book, but was omitted in the second edition. My own experience has shown me the usefulness of this table, which contains 85 MSS. instead of 75, and some additional particulars. — H.C.]

4 [Ser petri de Faganea (Fagagna, in Friuli). — H.C.]

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