Skelton, R. A.; Marston, Thomas E. and George D. Painter.
Title The Vinland Map and the Tartar Relation. With a Foreword by Alexander O. Vietor.
Publisher New Haven: Yale University Press, 1966. Fourth Printing.
Seller ID 005429scs
Folio, red boards (hardcover), gilt letters, xii, 291 pp. Bookplate; otherwise, Fine in a Fine dust jacket. Published for the first time are two documents copied about 1440 from much earlier originals, now lost. The first is an account of Friar John of Plano Carpini's mission to the Mongols in 1245-47. The second is a world map, including the western ocean, with delineations of Iceland, Greenland, and a land mass named Vinland which represents the North American mainland as known to the medieval Norsemen. This map is the earliest known and indisputable cartographic representation of any part of the Americas...As the editors show, the Tartan Relation provides information on Mongol history and legend not be found in any known source, and a portion of the Map represents the only surviviing medieval example based on Norse cartography -- a conclusion with far-reaching implications for the history of cartography and the Viking navigations.