Rare copy of Waldseemueller's early America map found in Germany

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Is this the correct place for this?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18700489



A copy of a rare 16th century map known as "the birth certificate of America" has been discovered in Germany.
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."
German researchers are going to make the map, printed in clear black ink on yellowing paper, available online from 4 July, Independence Day in the US.
A much larger version is already kept in the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
It was given to the United States as a gift by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2007 to mark 500 years since the naming of America.
It is thought that Waldseemueller, a prominent 16th century map maker, used information from accounts of early transatlantic voyages to form a picture of America.
The boomerang shape of the continent he drew is barely recognisable as the North and South America landmass we know today.
Waldseemueller named the new land after Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, thinking he had been the first to discover it rather than Christopher Columbus.
 

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I bet it was valued at millions of dollars at Pawn Stars and they settled for 5,000.
 

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I bet it was valued at millions of dollars at Pawn Stars and they settled for 5,000.
First you have to find an auction. Then you have to wait for the auction date. There will be listing fees, ad fees, and commissions. $5000 is a fair price if you don't want to go through all that hassle.

(If this thing is real, I can sell it for millions)
 

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Discovered in a book. Riiiiiight.
 

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I bet it was valued at millions of dollars at Pawn Stars and they settled for 5,000.
Actually Corey only offered $100 because it's just a map and there really isn't a market for maps in a pawn shop and it would just sit on the shelf for months. Plus they gotta be able to make money off of it too.
 

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Let me bring in my buddy who's an expert on old maps found in books.
 

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Actually Corey only offered $100 because it's just a map and there really isn't a market for maps in a pawn shop and it would just sit on the shelf for months. Plus they gotta be able to make money off of it too.
Corey's a low balling fuck unless it has a motor.
 
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...It's not even a map you can use...I mean look at it...it doesn't even look like america...I'll give you $50
 
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chumly offered 600k plus an early pair of unworn nike air jordans.....but then i guess the old man woke up and told chum to plunge the toilet he just chummed
 

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There is a fantastic book about this map called "The Fourth Part of the World" by Toby Lester. It tells the history of Europe and the discovery of America through the invention of cartography. Seriously, if you are a history buff, pick this up.