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Rare 16th century map found between pages of 19th century book

A rare map, the first to document the the newly-discovered America, has been found in between the pages of a 19th century book.

It had been thought that Waldseemueller had only made four copies, but researchers at a Munich university have now discovered a fifth version.

This new map was found in the pages of an unrelated 19th century book.

Sven Kuttner, head of old books at Munich’s Ludwig Maximilian University, said: “It seems to be a second edition and this is a unique map. Until now, we have no signs for a further map like this.”

German researchers are going to make the map, printed in clear black ink on yellowing paper, available online from 4 July, Independence Day in the US.

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Story: BBC News | Photo: AFP

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