‘Impossible Black Tulip’ Coming to the University of Minnesota

Few copies exist of Matteo Ricci’s “Impossible Black Tulip” of 1602, the first map of the world in Chinese to show the Americas (no, stop right there), but the James Ford Bell Trust has acquired one for the University of Minnesota, paying a London map dealer $1 million. Before moving to the University, it will be digitally scanned and put on display next month at the Library of Congress. More from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Thanks to James Fellows; also via MapHist and Maps-L.

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