[ISHMap-List] Vinland Map Symposium (London, October 2015)
tonycampbellockendon at gmail.com
Mon Apr 14 13:03:42 CEST 2014
VINLANDMAP SYMPOSIUM (VMS)
October 11-13, 2015
October 11, 2015will mark the 50th anniversary of the first publication
of /The Vinland Map and the Tartar Relation /in New Havenand Londonby
Yale University Press in 1965.
Thesymposiumwillgatheraselectgroupofinternationalexperts and other
interested professionals - from all sides of the argument -
fora"brain-storm"across all the relevant fieldsofresearch, including but
not restricted to:ink,palaeography,paper/parchment, fakes,
wormholes,conservation,chemicalanalyses, bookbinding,cartography and
Theaimistosecureanup-to-dateassessment oftheVinland Mapandthemanuscripts
itwas associated and/orboundwith,//the /Speculum//Historiale /and the
Tartar Relation - thereby takingan importantstepforwardinbringing to an
endthe debateonauthenticityand provenance,whichhas nowbeengoingon
To this end, a potentially very important discovery was made last year
about the /provenance/ of the manuscripts with which the Vinland Map has
been associated, and was allegedly bound together with, /before/they
first appeared in Londonin 1957.
It has been established that the manuscripts in question were on public
display in Madridin 1892-93 during an event marking the 400th
anniversary of Columbus's "discovery" of Americain 1492. This is
documented in one of the catalogues for the /Expositión
Histórico-Europea/, held at the Real Academia de la Historia in Madrid.
But _no map_ is mentioned in this catalogue entry.
This means that the enigma of the provenance of the
/Speculum//Historiale /and the Tartar Relation - now kept at Yale
University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library - may now finally be
resolved. However, it still leaves open the questions about the
provenance and authenticity of the Vinland Map itself.
TheVMSwillbe coordinated by Jørgen D. Siemonsen, Chair of the VMS
Steering Committee, Copenhagen, in association with The Hakluyt Society,
London, and Smithsonian Institution, WashingtonD.C.//The Chair designate
of the Symposium is Tony Campbell, London, former Map Librarian of The
Copenhagenand London, April 14, 2014
The venue and outline programme for the VMS will follow in due course,
together with a Call for Papers on relevant topics.
Preliminary expression of interest to: Jorgen at Siemonsen.dk
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