New Haven: Yale University Library, 1989. 8vo. Complete issue: 96 pp., some illustrations in the text. Original printed wrappers (front cover somewhat stained). Item #3094
Complete issue (not an extract or offprint). Of signal interest is Laurence Witten's discussion of his purchase and eventual sale (to Paul Mellon, for Yale) of the so-called "Vinland Map." This infamous map is reported to have been bound at some point with a 15th-century manuscript of the so-called "Tartar Relation" and a 15th-century manuscript of Vincent de Beauvais' "Speculum."
In his recollection, which is presented in exactingly detail, Witten blatantly contradicts himself. On p. 19 Witten claims "I decided to withdraw it [the Tartar Relation manuscript] from business inventory and give it to my wife." We are unable to comprehend why anyone would need to do that, but in any event, on: p. 29 "Cora Witten [his wife] paid the obligations agree to at the time of her PURCHASE of the manuscript" [emphasis ours].
Here is a scholar of some note who -- in the same article no less -- could not keep his story straight concerning the MOST IMPORTANT detail of the purchase of the MOST IMPORTANT piece of the puzzle besides the Vinland Map itself. Concerning this alarming discrepancy, see Kirsten Seaver: Maps, Myths, and Men: The Story of the Vinland Map, p. 106.