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New technology looks to uncover hidden text on map that influenced Christopher Columbus September 16, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Maps, Special Collections

The map is referred to as the Martellus map. It is named after its creator, the German cartographer Henricus Martellus, and is thought be have been produced in or around 1491. The only known surviving copy lives at the Beinecke Library at Yale. Being a large wall map, it is 4 by 6.5 feet, and having survived for over 500 years it is understandable that the map has seen better days.  The map, which is usually on display by Beinecke’s service desk,…

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In the Stacks: Playing Cards at the Beinecke September 20, 2012 – Posted in: In the Stacks

One of the most extensive collections of playing cards ever assembled resides at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. Known as the Cary Collection, it consists of over 2600 packs of cards, 460 sheets of uncut card papers, and 150 wood blocks for printing cards. The Collection contains standard cards from 16 European countries and 6 countries in the Western Hemisphere, as well as nonstan­dard cards from 23 European and 3 Western Hemisphere…

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