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Boston library to return historical artifacts to Italy

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/19/2017

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Public Library is returning historical artifacts to Italy, some dating back 600 years.

The items include a medieval manuscript dating to 1392, an illuminated leaf from a manuscript dating from sometime between 1418 and 1422 and a collection of works by Bernardino Telesio, published in 1590.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said Wednesday he's glad the items are being returned.

Library officials say the items were bought legitimately from well-known rare book dealers during the mid-20th century.

True ownership of at least one item emerged as the library was preparing its medieval manuscripts for digitization.

The library is working with federal officials to return the items to the State Archives of Venice and The Library of Ludovico II De Torres in Monreale.

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