Monday, January 31, 2011

Buell Map to be Displayed at LOC

The rare 1784 copy of Abel Buell's map of the United States from the collections of the New Jersey Historical Society (purchased for $2,098,500 at Christie's in December) will be going on display at the Library of Congress, according to a press release from the library.

David M. Rubenstein, the map's owner, has agreed to exhibit the map at the Library for five years, beginning this spring. This map - the first copyrighted by the United States government - is the "single most important American cartographic document missing from the collection of the Library of Congress, according to John Hébert, chief of the Library’s Geography and Map Division."

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