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P. ci, Note, near bottom ; Sornau. Mr. Badger, in his notes on Varthema (p. 213), is not inclined to accept Mendez Pinto's authority,

which he supposes to stand alone, for calling Siam Somali,. But I have

recently found that the name Sarnau is used several times by Varthema's contemporary, Giovanni d'Empoli, in a connexion that points to

Siam. Ii1 one passage he speaks of Pedir in Sumatra as being fre-

quented by " Junks, which are the ships of Bengala, Pecu (Pegu), Martamam (Martaban), SARNAV, and Tanazzar" (Tanasserim). In another

passage he couples it again with Tenasserim as a place which supplied the finest white Benzoin, Lac, etc. The Italian editor interprets the name as Sirian, but for this I see no ground (see Letters of D'Empoli in Archivio Storico Italiano, Appendice, tom. iii, pp. 54, 80 ; Firenze, 1845).

P. cxxxi, § 103 ; Siege of Sianggyangfu. As I learn from Pauthier (M. Polo, pp. xiii, and 472 seqq.), it is a mistake to suppose that Marco

was at this siege, which occurred before his arrival in China ; and though most editions represent him as present, two of the best MSS. do not. There are difficulties about the presence of even the two elder Poli, but there is no call to discuss them here. For llukonq in this passage read Hupé.

P. clxxx ; These people have a great fondness for the emerald stone, etc. So Mas'udi says one species of emerald from the country of the Bejah

(Blemmyes ?) was called Bahri, because so much prized by the Kings of Transmarine countries, such as Hind, Sind, Zinj, and Sin, who sought it diligently " to set in their diadems", etc. (Prairies d'Or, iii, 44).

P. 27, near bottom ; Odorici comes. This phrase is from the book De Orbis Situ, quoted at p. cxli, supra.

P. 32, second paragraph. The .Munich MS., No. 903, is of the edition of Henry of Glatz (see p. 21). It was written in 1422, brought from

Ireland to Bavaria in 1529, and has been printed in vol. iii of the Storia

Univ. delle   Francescane, by P. da Civezza, alluded to at p. 39.
These particulars I learn from the pamphlet noticed in the next note but one.

P. 33. The two following notes of MSS. of Odoric were accidentally omitted. I do not know in what language the second is, nor do I remember where I found the first, which I give as it is in my note-book.

  1. " IMPERIAL LIBRARY at Vienna. Parchment MS., Memorabilia quce vidit Fr. Odoriens de Foro Julii Ord. Frat. Min. Scripta per Fr. Gul. de Solagna (Archiv. der Gesellschcfft, etc. iii, 618, 629)."

  2. "CITY LIBRARY, Nuremburg. There is a volume in this library containing Polo, St. Brandan, Mandeville, Odoric of Friuli, and John Schildberger (Catal. Bibl. Solg., i, No. 34, quoted in Mürr, Hist. Diplora. de Martin Behaim, p. 9)."

P. 39. Add to the Bibliography of Odoric :-

26. " L'Itinerario del B. Odorico Mattiussi, Discorso con Appendici,"