Rare 415-Year-Old Wytfliet Atlas Stolen from the Royal Library of Sweden is Recovered
The a detail of a world map page of the Wytfliet Atlas is photographed during a news conference, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in New York. The Wytfliet Atlas stolen a decade ago from the Royal Library of Sweden has been recovered in New York. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer.
A rare atlas stolen a decade ago from the Royal Library of Sweden by one of its chief librarians was recovered in New York and given back to its rightful owner.
Swedish and U.S. authorities showed off the 415-year-old Wytfliet Atlas at a news conference Wednesday. The book, created by Cornelius van Wytfliet and containing the earliest maps of the Americas, had been in the Royal Library collection for more than 300 years before it was stolen. There are only eight other copies worldwide, according to the library.
The atlas was one of 56 rare books stolen by Anders Burius, the chief of the Royal Library’s manuscript department, and the first of his haul to be located.
Burius stole the books between 1995 and 2004, nearly the entire time of his employment there, and later committed suicide, said Steven Feldman of the New York firm of Herrick, Feinstein LLP, representing the library.
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