Surprise: Today on American Independence Day the Badische Zeitung reported that two female scientists found a smaller copy of Waldseemüller’s 500 year old map in the Munich University Library hidden in a two hundred year old book about geometry.
Their discovery presents only the fifth copy known so far of this so-called globe map (Globuskarte) printed around 1510. Its segments, when properly arranged, fold nicely into a globe of 11 cm diameter.
The detail on the left shows a rather rudimentary form of North America whereas the dimensions of South America were a little better known at the time of Waldseemüller. The mass of land in the south served as the place to print the name for the new continent: America.