Newsclip®: [Entertainment] Return to sender: US gives Columbus letter back to Italy | New York Post

"ROME — The U.S. has returned to Italy a letter written by Christopher Columbus in 1493 announcing his discovery of the New World that was stolen from a Florence library and unwittingly acquired by the Library of Congress. The 8-page letter conveys Columbus' marvel at the fertile islands he found, 'full of the greatest variety of trees reaching to the stars,' and the timid natives who Columbus believed were ripe for conquest by Spain and conversion to Christianity. The letter had been stolen from Florence's Riccardiana library and replaced with a forgery that no one noticed until Italian authorities in 2012 launched a broad investigation across Italy into plundered rare books following some high-profile thefts. The original, meanwhile, had been sold to a rare book collector in Switzerland in 1990, then purchased by another collector at a Christie's auction in 1992 in New York. It was finally bequeathed to the Library of Congress in 2004 by", nypost.com


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