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A significant collection of rare and historic maps has been pledged to the University of Virginia Library and will be featured in a free exhibition opening this month at the U.Va. Library.
Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz, who holds the position of Distinguished Alumni Professor in the University of Rochester’s department of surgery, is also a renowned cartographic historian. His collection of more than 200 rare maps is considered among the finest in the world.
Included are one of the oldest maps to show the western hemisphere (1508), the first map to show Florida (Hernando Cortés’s 1524 map of Mexico City), and an 18th century map of the Ohio River Valley drawn by then-unknown surveyor George Washington.
The collection documents 300 years of attempts to “put America on a map.” The maps capture American history, from the first European awareness of the continent’s existence to the geographic rendering that is familiar today.
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