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500-Year-Old Book Details Massive Library Curated by Christopher Columbus’s Son

Posted by Jean-Yves on Apr 14, 2019

Five hundred years ago, there existed a library like no other — thousands of volumes collected from around the world by the son of colonial explorer Christopher Columbus. Only a quarter of that collection survives today, housed in Spain’s Seville Cathedral.

However, one the library’s most important books — the Libro de los Epítomes — has been unearthed at the University of Copenhagen. It’s a 2,000-page, hand-written index summarizing all 15,000 volumes in the original collection.

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