Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rare 16th Century Map of America Found in Germany

The BBC notes that a map, known as the "birth certificate of America" has been found.

From the article...

The map, by the famous cartographer Martin Waldseemueller, is credited with being the first to document and name the newly-discovered land of America.

It had been thought that Waldseemueller had only made four copies, but researchers at a Munich university have now discovered a fifth version.

This new map was found in the pages of an unrelated 19th century book.

Sven Kuttner, head of old books at Munich's Ludwig Maximilian University, said: "It seems to be a second edition and this is a unique map. Until now, we have no signs for a further map like this."

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