[ISHMap-List] Vinland Map Symposium (VMS)
styacke at googlemail.com
Tue Apr 15 10:04:51 CEST 2014
This message from Tony Campbell is being reposted owing to the
corruption of the formatting of the original version on Tony's computer.
VINLAND MAP SYMPOSIUM (VMS)
October 11-13, 2015
October 11, 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the first publication
of 'The Vinland Map and the Tartar Relation' in New Haven and London by
Yale University Press in 1965.
The symposium will gather a select group of international experts and
other interested professionals - from all sides of the argument - for a
"brain-storm" across all the relevant fields of research, including but
not restricted to: ink, palaeography, paper/parchment, fakes, wormholes,
conservation, chemical analyses, bookbinding, cartography and history.
The aim is to secure an up-to-date assessment of the Vinland Map and the
manuscripts it was associated and/or bound with, the 'Speculum
Historiale' and the Tartar Relation - thereby taking an important step
forward in bringing to an end the debate on authenticity and provenance,
which has now been going on for nearly 50 years.
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 London in 1957.
It has been established that the manuscripts in question were on public
display in Madrid in 1892-93 during an event marking the 400th
anniversary of Columbus's "discovery" of America in 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.
The VMS will be coordinated by Jørgen D. Siemonsen, Chair of the VMS
Steering Committee, Copenhagen, in association with The Hakluyt Society,
London, and Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. The Chair
designate of the Symposium is Tony Campbell, London, former Map
Librarian of The British Library.
Copenhagen and 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
More information about the ISHM