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Creator of one of world's rarest maps featured in exhibit

Friday - 5/17/2013, 8:00am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Library of Congress is hosting a conference and exhibit about the creator of one of the world's rarest maps.

On Friday and Saturday, the library is bringing together scholars to discuss some of the unanswered questions about Martin Waldseemuller's 1507 world map and his other creations and experiments. The library purchased the 1507 map for $10 million in 2009. It was the first map to name "America."

An exhibit will feature all of Waldseemuller's maps together for the first time. The works come from the Library of Congress, the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota and the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. The exhibit, "Exploring the Early Americas," will be on view through mid-June.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

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