Le divisament dou monde (Il Milione) Rustichello da Pisa/ Marco Polo

Purportedly written at Marco Polo’s direction by Rustichello de Pisa while in prison at Genoa, the Divisament dou monde is a medieval travel narrative that recounts Macro Polo’s journey to the East. Le Divisament, literally the ‘description’ or possibly ‘division’ of the world, presents the world in which he traveled—the Middle East, Turkistan, India, and China—through a fantastical lens, full of oddities and imaginary phenomenon. But, alongside these fantastical images that captured the European imagination are the observations of the everyday that Polo recorded: detail on local religions, language, currency, goods, and rituals. Although only one Franco-Italian manuscript survives, Bibliotheque National 1116, careful study of the manuscript tradition by Simon Gaunt suggests that there was at least one other Franco-Italian redaction circulated during the early fourteenth century.

Manuscripts

London, British Library, Cotton, Otho D. V

Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, français, 1116, ff. 4-111

Edition

Recueil de voyages et de mémoires publiés par la Société de géographie, Paris, Imprimerie d’Évérat (t. 1-2) puis Arthus Bertrand (t. 3-8), 8 t., 1824-1866.

Marco Polo, Milione. Le divisament dou monde. Il Milione nelle redazioni toscana e franco-italiana, a cura di Gabriella Ronchi, introduzione di Cesare Segre, Milan: Mondadori (I meridiani), 1982..

Marco Polo, Milione, critical edition by V. Bertolucci Pizzorusso, Milan: Adelphi, 1982 (1975).

Secondary Literature

Marcello Ciccuto, “Le meraviglie di Marco: Il ‘Milione’ alla corte di Borgogna,” Rara Volumina, vol. 1, num. 1, pp. 5, tot. pg.32,1997.

Ménard, Philippe. “Le prétendu ‘remaniement’ du ‘Devisement du monde’ de Marco Polo attribué à Grégoire.” Medioevo Romanzo 3rd ser., 22 (1998): 332-351.

Pizzorusso, Valeria. “Enunciazione e produzione del testo nel Milione.” Studio mediolatini e volgare 25 (1977, 1978): 5-43; also in Morfologie del testo medievale, Bologna: Il Mulino, 1989, 209-241.

Tucci, Ugo. “I primi viaggiatori e l’opera di Marco Polo.” In Storia della Cultura Veneta, vol. 1. Edited by Gianfranco Folena, 633-670. Vicenza: Neri Pozzi, 1976.

See also Arlima.