December 15th, 2007

libraryscience

LOC ownage...literally ;-)

Hi everyone! I've just joined the community even though I've been watching it for a while. I am a cataloger for Latin American materials and yesterday, I came across a Spanish translation of Martin Waldseemüller's 1507 Cosmographiae introductio, which included a facsimile of the famous Waldseemüller Map. You may or may not have heard of it, but it is the first map to label our neck of the woods as "America" and is the only known surviving copy. It was bought by the Library of Congress for what seems like a gazillion dollars.
Anyway, I went into the LC online catalog to see how Cosmographiae introductio was classed and sure enough, they had the records for both the original 1507 Cosmographiae introductio and the gazillion-dollar map. The first image that came to my mind was LOC gloating LOL-style "WE HAS IT", which inspired me to make the following macro:

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