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0312 Cathay and the Way Thither : vol.1
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  1. " Elogio Storico alle Gesta del Beato Odorico c "c. con la Storia da lui dettata de' suai Viaggi Asiatici. Illustratci da un Religioso dell' ordine stesso, e presentata agli amatori delle antichitcst. In Venezia 1761 presso Antonio Zatta." 4to; with a (very poor) map, a handsome frontispiece of Odoric baptising converts, and a plate of the tomb at Udine as it stood in the last century. The editor was Padre GIUSEPPE VENNI, and we have already had frequent occasion to refer to his work, for a copy of which I have been indebted to the kindness of my friend Mr. Perry, Consul-general at Venice.

The text is taken from a MS. which belonged to Liruti (I believe that numbered 27 above), and on the whole it seems to

me the best Latin copy to which I have had access. Varied

readings are given from a second MS. which was then in the convent at Udine, and which I have before mentioned as that

from which Ramusio appears to have translated his larger version of Odoric's travels. There is a large appendix of illustrative notes, but they are washy and in general valueless. The most useful part of the work is the ample and laborious collection of notices of Odoric's life and posthumous history.

  1. Tiraboschi, Storia della Letteratura Italiana, 2da ed., Modena, 1789, vol. v, pp. 124-129, has some useful references about Odoric, and some remarks upon his travels, which are of much less value.

  2. Mathias Christian Sprengel : " Geschichte der Wichtigsten Geographischen Entdeckungen, &c., 2d ed., Halle, 1792." This very interesting little book has some pages (340-359) devoted to Odoric. It is printed with desperate inaccuracy.

  3. " Sacrum Rituum Congregatio, Eminent, et Reverend. D. Cardinal. Somalia Prcefecto et Ponenti Utinensi sen Ord. Minorum

S. Francisci approbat lectiones proprias in officio B. Odorici Matthiussi instant. Rev. Episc. Utin. Rom, 1822. Ex typ. Cameras Apostolieæ." Pp. 16, folio (Valentinelli, U.S.)

  1. " Rag guaglio Breve della Vita del B. Odorico Mattiuzzi. Udine, Murero, 1824." 16mo. (Valentinelli, U.S.)

21, 22, 23. Macfarlane's Romance of Travel (C. Knight, 1846) ; and Maritime and Inland Discovery, vol. i (by Mr. Cooley) both