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Fri Jan 24, 2020, 05:16 PM

Agents recover stolen 500-year-old copy of Columbus letter

Source: AP

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Federal agents in Delaware have recovered a more than 500-year-old copy of a letter penned by Christopher Columbus that vanished from an Italian library decades ago.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware and Homeland Security investigators, who specialize in the recovery of stolen rare books and historic artifacts, announced the find on Wednesday. The letter is one of a few dozen authentic, reprinted copies of Columbus’ original letter, which was handwritten in Spanish in April 1493 and almost immediately reprinted in Latin by the Rome printer Stephan Plannck.

It’s the fourth such return in recent years after U.S. investigators, tipped off by a rare books expert, determined that several authentic copies of the Columbus letter had been stolen from libraries across Europe without library officials’ knowledge. Investigators called this latest find — “Columbus Letter Plannck I,” which tells of Columbus’ discoveries in the Americas — the most rare of the four.

The letter, which is valued at up to $1.3 million, was found in the hands of a unidentified private collector and ordered returned to the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana in Venice, Italy, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Federal investigators, working with the Italian Carabinieri Command for Protection of Cultural Heritage, determined that the collector was “acting in good faith” in buying the letter from a rare book dealer in the United States in 2003.


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Omaha Steve Jan 24 OP
AllaN01Bear Jan 24 #1
appalachiablue Jan 24 #2
JustABozoOnThisBus Jan 24 #3
marble falls Jan 24 #6
appalachiablue Jan 24 #7
keithbvadu2 Jan 24 #4
marble falls Jan 24 #5
eppur_se_muova Jan 25 #8

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 05:38 PM

1. good. these things belong to the people , not a private collector.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 05:52 PM

2. Must have to travel to Italy to learn what's in the letter.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 06:07 PM

3. Even then, you may not learn what's in it.

The library/archive/museum may store it in a climate-controlled room in the basement.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 06:43 PM

6. Or this one ...




Just one of the treasures from this location:

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Object being "disaquistioned" :

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 07:35 PM

7. Lol and I bet it was in code anyway.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 06:25 PM

4. Even way back in 2003, the idea of provenance was well known.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jan 24, 2020, 06:35 PM

5. I wish they had take the story back to where the letter had come from and how it was stolen.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 25, 2020, 12:25 AM

8. Good lord ! Those agents certainly have earned their retirement !

(... after pursuing their man for 500 years )

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