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Post Rare letter written by Christopher Columbus is being returned by U.S. to Italy

A stolen copy of a letter written by Christopher Columbus detailing his voyage in 1492 to the New World is being returned to the Old World.

The letter was penned by Columbus as he returned to Spain after his historic trip to the Americas. Though it was printed and widely distributed throughout Europe, helping spread word of Columbus' journey, there are no more than 80 surviving copies of the various revisions of the letter, published between 1493 and 1497.

In 2012, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement got a tip that one of the rare copies — printed in Rome by Stephan Plannek in 1493 — had been stolen from the Riccardiana Library in Florence, Italy, and replaced with a forgery.

The tipster, who was not identified, had been conducting research when he came across the letter and “strongly suspected” it was a fake, agent Mark W. Olexa of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations wrote in court filings.

Rare letter written by Christopher Columbus is being returned by U.S. to Italy - LA Times

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