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Auction 132, Lot 750

"[Lot of 3 - Vinland Map]",

Subject: Reference Books

Period: 1965-1974 (published)



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1. The Vinland Map and the Tartar Relation, Skelton, Marston and Painter, 1965, New Haven, 9" x 11.5". This book gives the description of the circumstances of the discovery of possibly the earliest known map of the Americas. The authenticity of the Vinland map is the topic of much debate within cartographic circles and PBS has recently made a documentary on it. With numerous b&w illustrations and maps. Contents include "The Manuscript: History and Descriptions. By Thomas E. Marston;" R.A. Skelton's essay on the Vinland Map; "The Tartar Relation and the Vinland Map: An Interpretation. By George D. Painter." This is the Third 1965 printing, 291 pages, hardbound with embossing and gilt title on spine, protected dust jacket. Despite its age this book is flawless. Inside front cover is an attractive book plate from prior owner. (A+)

2. Proceedings of the Vinland Map Conference, University of Chicago Press, 1971, 8.5" x 11". Two-page plate of the Vinland Map, black & white illustrations. A comprehensive chronicle of the debate surrounding the then controversial Vinland Map. If genuine, the Vinland Map, proported to be printed mid-15th Century, is the only known pre-Columbian map showing the existence of North America. Edited by Wilcomb E. Washburn. First edition, maroon cloth and blue boards, with dustjacket. 185pp. The book is fine less a little bowing of front cover. Inside front cover is an attractive book plate from prior owner. (A) 3. Chemical Analytical Study of the Vinland Map, Yale University Library, 1974, 8.5" x 11". For the collector of materials related to The Vinland map, this rare publication is an absolute must have. This is the original printed report by the Walter C. McCrone company for Yale University Libraary. Dated 22 January 1974 this is copy #29. The report discusses various test performed including Ion Microprobe, Macro X-Ray Diffraction, Scanning Electron Micrography and the Polorizing Microscope. The Final Conclusion section is alone worth the price. With numerous tables and drawings. Appendixes: A: Samples taken from Vinland Map; B: Procedures for Taking Samples from Documents; and Appendix C is a reprinted portion of "Painting Materials A Short Encyclopaedia" by Ruterfold J. Gettens and Georoge L. Stout, and the portion of the "Pigment Handbook" (edited by Temple C. Patten) related to Titanium Diaxide. Rare pamphlet. Very nice condition considering its age and construction. (A+)



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Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $75

Closed on 6/2/2010