Auctioned Buell Map to Be Displayed at Library of Congress

Buell map of North America 1784 An update on the story of the copy of Abel Buell’s 1784 map of North America that was auctioned off by the New Jersey Historical Society — to no small amount of controversy — last December. The map was sold to a private collector, David Rubenstein, who is now loaning the map to the Library of Congress for display. (According to Rubenstein’s Wikipedia entry, this is not the first time he’s done this sort of thing.) Thanks to Reid Hardman for the link.

Previously: NJ Historical Society Criticized for Selling Map; Buell’s 1784 Map Fetches $1.8 Million; Rare 1784 Map of the U.S. Being Auctioned Next Month.

Update: More from the Washington Post — part of Rubenstein’s agreement with the Library is that they’re to put the map on display for at least five years.