Proceedings of the Vinland Map Conference.


Wilcomb E. Washburn.


University of Chicago Press, 1971. Octavo, 28.4 x 22cm, 185pp including bibliography and list of participants.

Very Good in Fine Dustjacket. Previous owner stamp on front pastedown and front free endpaper, minor foxing to the first and last gatherings and to the edges of the leaves. Occasional pencil notation.

Includes the papers presented at the conference and some of the lively discussion that followed. Not all scholars accepted the authenticity of the Vinland Map which sparke controversy when it was revealed by Yale University in 1965. The publication The Vinland Map and The Tartar Relation resulted in reactions that varied from wounded national price to scholarly outrage. While most scholars today hold that the map is a fake, Yale’s official position has been to sit on the fence. “We regard ourselves as the custodians of an extremely interesting and controversial document,” said Yale librarian Alice Prochaska in 2002, “and we watch the scholarly work on it with great interest.”

The scholarly debate continues with the Mystic Seaport Exhibition in 2018: This exhibition will place the Vinland Map on display in the U.S. for the first time in more than 50 years, allowing those who have followed the saga to see its primary evidence for the first time. Mystic Seaport will engage historians, archaeologist, scientists, and other leading experts to share the Map’s story, and discuss its out-sized role in modern American history.


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