Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana, MS Lat. V.58 (=2437), no. 33

Marco Polo's Will Facsimile Edition

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Marco Polo's Will, written by Venetian notary Giovanni Giustiniani and dated 1324, outlines the famous traveler's wishes concerning the distribution of his wealth. Naming his wife and three daughters as trustees, he bequeathed single payments to various Christian religious institutions in Venice, with the bulk of his wealth and property (movable and immovable) divided among his wife and daughters. He freed Peter, an enslaved Mongol who had long served him. Polo did not sign the long parchment sheet but presumably touched it before witnesses to affirm its validity.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Marco Polo's Will": Ego Marcus Paulo Volo et Ordino (Marco Polo's Will) facsimile edition, published by Scrinium, 2018

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Ego Marcus Paulo Volo et Ordino (Marco Polo's Will)

Venice: Scrinium, 2018

  • Commentary (Italian) by Bartoli Langeli, Attilio
  • Limited Edition: 185 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Marco Polo's Will: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

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