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Marco Polo, Travel Writer

Marco Polo chained a copy of his travel book to the Rialto in Venice so anyone could read it. 

"In a Florentine manuscript of the Book [The Book of Marco Polo, a Venetian], dated 1431, there is a note which claims that in Venice Marco's work was available to all at the time for public consultation: 'Marco Polo is a book that treats of parts of the sea and land and of the great and miraculous things that are found in the world. And this book is at Venice on the Rialto, fastened with chains, that each man can read it.'"—Marco Polo and the Discovery of the World, by John Larner (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 1999, p. 70; ISBN 0-300-07971-0)


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