Library of Congress Buys Oldest "America" Map

National Geographic: The first map known to bear the name "America" has been purchased by the Library of Congress for ten million dollars. A map of the world, including the Western Hemisphere, drawn from information gathered by Amerigo Vespucci, was thought to have been lost but was discovered in 1901 in Waldburg-Wolfegg Castle in Germany. The map was offered for sale in 1992 and was purchased by the Library of Congress, which plans to make it the central display of a gallery when it becomes part of the collection in 2004. Drawn in 1507 by by Martin Waldseem