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The MSS of Odoric's travels scattered over Europe are numerous, as has already been mentioned. A list of those which I have seen or found notices of, with such particulars as I have been able to collect, is added here. But I suspect that it is very imperfect.'
have since found it in MSS. of Odoric. And the Cornaa which Mandeville has instead of Comum (see § 3) has suggested another reading and identification.
Old Purchas's judgment of the relative claims of the two travellers is most unjust. Mandeville he calls next to Polo, "if next...the greatest Asian traveller that ever the World had"; whilst he has nought but ill to say of Odericus, a Friar and Traveller, in whom perhaps some Friar hath travelled with him at least in this author [i.e., Mandeville], whose age was before him, and therefore could not cite anything out of him" [the reverse of the truth]. Purchas's Pilgrims, iii, 65, 127.
The sources quoted by Haenel and Pertz, from whom I have derived notices of several MSS., are sometimes old; and the MSS. may not always have survived in the libraries indicated.