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US returns stolen, letter, Columbus

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VATICAN city – A 525-year-old copy of a letter from Christopher Columbus that was stolen from the Vatican on Thursday returned to the pope. That happened after a joint investigation by the U.s. department of Safety and archaeological experts of the Holy see.

Columbus wrote the letter to the king of Spain on the sea in February 1493, four months after the discovery of the New World.

“We give it back to the rightful owner”, said the ambassador of the USA in the Vatican, Callista Gingrich, in the transmission of the epistle. That took place in a library hall full of frescoes, where tens of thousands of rare, historic items to be preserved.

Columbus wrote the letter to the king of Spain on the sea in February 1493, four months after the discovery of the New World, during the return trip to Europe. He did therein report of his findings and was already goodwill for the funding of a new journey.

Several copies

The original was in Spanish, later on there was a translation into Latin and were hand several copies printed and as ’newsletter’ spread. One of them, eight pages, 18.5 x 12 cm, printed in Rome by Stephan Plannack in 1493, came to the library of the Vatican.

Centuries later, proved to be a skilled forgery. In 2011, an American, specializing in rare manuscripts, for review, a Columbus-letter to face that he is really qualified. A year earlier he had in Rome, is well studied and had him immediately the doubts bekropen.

The discoverer, whose name has not been disclosed, stepped with the information to the art connoisseurs on the department. This sought contact with colleagues in Italy, and then, by thorough investigation, the truth came to light. How and when the exchange is concluded and who the perpetrator is, will probably always remain a mystery.

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