I Told Them We Already Got One

Remember how Library and Archives Canada was getting set to bid on a 1562 world map by Forlani, one of the first with “Canada” on the map, that was expected to go for $200,000? Well, heh, funny story: it turns out they already have one. Actually, they have two: they also own a 1560 edition of the map. Val Ross’s article in today’s Globe and Mail cites it as an example of LAC’s rather ad-hoc and chaotic information management system.

Fortunately they were able to figure out that they had one of the maps before bidding.

See previous entry: Canada’s Archives Interested in Map Auction?