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The Mysteries of the Marco Polo Maps
Author: Benjamin B. Olshin

ISBN: 9780226149820
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 7 September 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.8
This is the first credible book-length analysis of the maps once owned by the late Marcian Rossi, an Italian immigrant who believed the maps in his possession descended from the family of Marco Polo. In 1933, Rossi lent some of the maps to the Library of Congress for further study, at which time they caused quite a stir: leading to an examination by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, an article in the New York Times, and intensive but incomplete and unpublished reports conducted by the LOC. Rossi corresponded with the library until the 1950s, and even donated a map from his collection, known as the ?Map with Ship," to the Geography and Map Division (though hyperspectral imaging, X-ray fluorescence [XRF], and carbon dating later discredited any immediate relation of the map to Marco Polo). In 1948, Rossi contacted a respected historian of cartography, the late Leo Bagrow, who published the first scholarly journal article about the maps in Imago Mundi.
     The trail grows rather cold until 1999, when Olshin, intrigued by Bagrow's article since 1991, tracked down the great grandson of Marcian Rossi, Jeffre...

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