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Vinland Map

Vinland Map

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Watermarks: Briquet Tete de boeuf 15056.
Script: Written by a single scribe in a well-formed running hand with batarde shading. This same scribe wrote MS 350.
Incipit and explicit in red.
Binding: 19th-20th centuries. Heavy tan calf, blind- and gold-tooled.
MS 350A was acquired from a private collection in Europe by L. C. Witten, who subsequently determined that the Vinland Map and Hystoria Tartarorum were once bound together with another manuscript then in the possession of Thomas E. Marston (now Beinecke MS 350). Presented to the Beinecke Library by an anonymous donor in 1965.
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Originally the Vinland Map, Speculum historiale, and Hystoria Tartarorum were bound together in this order in a single volume (Beinecke MS 350), as is indicated by the patterns of the wormholes. The origin and date of the Vinland Map, however, has been the subject of considerable debate. According to the editors of The Vinland Map and the Tartar Relation the map is the earliest known representation of any part of the New World and originated in Northern Europe during the 15th century. In their opinion it is contemporary with the two manuscripts with which it was previously bound. Other scholars have been hesitant to accept the map as genuine and have suggested that it may be a modern forgery. See the Finding Aid for additional details.
Manuscript on paper of 1) The Vinland Map, an outline map of Europe, Africa, Asia, the surrounding seas and the islands including Iceland, Greenland and Vinland, with legends identifying countries, islands, etc. 2) Hystoria Tartarorum (The Tartar Relation). Originally the Vinland Map, Speculum historiale (Beinecke MS 350), and Hystoria Tartarorum were bound together in this order in a single volume, as is indicated by the patterns of the wormholes. The origin and date of the Vinland Map has been the subject of considerable debate. Some scholars think that the map is the earliest known representation of any part of the New World and originated in Northern Europe during the 15th century. In their opinion it is contemporary with the two manuscripts with which it was previously bound. Other scholars have been hesitant to accept the map as genuine and have suggested that it may be a modern forgery.
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1 l.
285 x 212 mm.
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Object ID: 2002873
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