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DEKKER, Elly et al.

Globes at Greenwich : a catalogue of the globes and armillary spheres in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

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Elly Dekker ; with contributions from Silke Ackermann … [et al.] ; edited by Kristen Lippincott, Pieter van der Merwe, and Maria Blyzinsky. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press and the National Maritime Museum, 1999. Quarto, buckram in illustrated dustjacket, light handling marks, slipcase slightly marked, pp. xi, 592, illustrations and maps.

An outstanding study on globes and globemakers.

‘Dating back to classical times, globes are the oldest continuous technique for picturing the Earth and heavens. Globes have been used as classroom and philosophical aids, tools for navigation, compendiums for geographical and astronomical information, and even high-status furniture. Before the onset of modern industrial techniques, their construction required great skill. The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich has one of the world’s largest and finest collections of globes, with over 300 items including terrestrial and celestial examples, armillary spheres and planispheres; the collection includes important early collections by Barberini, Landau and Gabb. This volume is a complete catalogue of the collection by one of the leading authorities on Western globes. It includes full descriptions, numerous illustrations, nine introductory essays, and an integrated section on the Museum’s Islamic globes. ‘ – the publisher