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Ostrich-egg globe hailed as ‘oldest’ orb showing Newfoundland and the New WorldA European collector of antique maps claims to have identified the oldest known globe depicting the New World — including the future Canada — after spending a year researching what he concluded is a 509-year-old ostrich egg transformed into a one-of-a-kind cartographic orb from the first decade of the 16th century.The grapefruit-sized object, acquired by an anonymous antiquarian at last year’s London Map Fair for about $1,500, closely matches the geographical features shown on the renowned Hunt-Lenox Globe, an engraved copper sphere dated 1510 and counted among the great treasures of the New York Public Library’s world-class artifact collection. (Photo: STEFAAN MISSINNE/WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY)

Ostrich-egg globe hailed as ‘oldest’ orb showing Newfoundland and the New World
A European collector of antique maps claims to have identified the oldest known globe depicting the New World — including the future Canada — after spending a year researching what he concluded is a 509-year-old ostrich egg transformed into a one-of-a-kind cartographic orb from the first decade of the 16th century.

The grapefruit-sized object, acquired by an anonymous antiquarian at last year’s London Map Fair for about $1,500, closely matches the geographical features shown on the renowned Hunt-Lenox Globe, an engraved copper sphere dated 1510 and counted among the great treasures of the New York Public Library’s world-class artifact collection. (Photo: STEFAAN MISSINNE/WASHINGTON MAP SOCIETY)

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