The 415-year-old book was stolen from the Royal Library of Sweden by its manuscript department's chief librarian, Anders Burius. The book, created by Cornelius van Wytfliet, contains the earliest maps of the Americas. There are only eight other copies worldwide.

The atlas was one of 56 rare books stolen by Anders Burius, the chief of the Royal Library's manuscript department, and the first of his haul to be located. Burius stole the books between 1995 and 2004, nearly the entire time of his employment there, and later committed suicide.

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