Map Exhibit Draws from U of M

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May 17, 2013 at 6:42 am

MINNEAPOLIS (KNSI) - The U of M will contribute to a new Library of Congress exhibit about the creator of one of the world's rarest maps.

On Friday and Saturday, the library is bringing together scholars to discuss some of the unanswered questions about Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 world map and his other creations and experiments. The library purchased the 1507 map for $10 million in 2009. It was the first map to actually name ''America.''

An exhibit will feature all of Waldseemuller's maps together for the first time.

The works come from the Library of Congress, the James Ford Bell Library at the U of M and the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University.

The exhibit, ''Exploring the Early Americas,'' will be on view through mid-June.

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