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Boston library recovers stolen Champlain map

AP
Published : Dec 6, 2015, 12:59 am IST
Updated : Dec 6, 2015, 12:59 am IST

A centuries-old map compiled by French explorer Samuel de Champlain and believed to be among dozens stolen more than a decade ago from the Boston Public Library has been recovered, library officials h

A centuries-old map compiled by French explorer Samuel de Champlain and believed to be among dozens stolen more than a decade ago from the Boston Public Library has been recovered, library officials have said.

The map, compiled in 1612 and named Carte Geographique de Nouvelle France, was found at a New York City arts dealer, where it was on sale for $285,000, the library said on Friday. It was identified by Ronald Grim, curator of the library's Norman B. Leventhal Map Centre, who spotted it in an antiques publication over the summer. “I was stunned to come across the map, and thrilled to determine it indeed belongs to the Boston Public Library,” Grim said in a statement. “I’m proud it’s been returned to its rightful home.” The 17-inch-by-30-inch(43-centimetres-by-76-centimetres)) map depicts the coast of New England and the Canadian maritime provinces and an area as far west as the Great Lakes, part of a region once known as New France. Champlain made numerous voyages to the region in the early 17th century and included the map in a book published in Paris in 1613.

 

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