Thu, June 28, 2012
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Rare stolen Swedish atlas recovered

2012-06-28 03:48:51 GMT2012-06-28 11:48:51(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The world map page of the Wytfliet Atlas is on display during a news conference, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in New York. The Wytfliet Atlas stolen a decade ago from the Royal Library of Sweden has been recovered in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The a detail of a world map page of the Wytfliet Atlas is photographed during a news conference, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in New York. The Wytfliet Atlas stolen a decade ago from the Royal Library of Sweden has been recovered in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The a detail of a world map page of the Wytfliet Atlas is photographed during a news conference, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in New York. The Wytfliet Atlas stolen a decade ago from the Royal Library of Sweden has been recovered in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The a detail of a world map page of the Wytfliet Atlas is photographed during a news conference, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in New York. The Wytfliet Atlas stolen a decade ago from the Royal Library of Sweden has been recovered in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Gunilla Herdenberg, National Librarian at the Royal Library of Sweden, speaks to reporters during a news conference, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in New York. The Wytfliet Atlas stolen a decade ago from the Royal Library of Sweden has been recovered in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Royal Library’s map librarian, Greger Bergvall, holds the Wytfliet Atlas during a news conference, Wednesday, June 27, 2012 in New York. The Wytfliet Atlas stolen a decade ago from the Royal Library of Sweden has been recovered in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Swedish and U.S. authorities showed off the 415-year-old Wytfliet Atlas at a news conference on June 27. The book, created by Cornelius van Wytfliet and containing the earliest maps of the Americas, had been in the Royal Library collection for more than 300 years before it was stolen. There are only eight other copies worldwide, according to the library.

(Agencies)

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