Celestial table globe by unknown

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Celestial table globe
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Print size 28.0 x 35.5 cm
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23.0 x 29.6 cm
Frame: Unframed
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Celestial table globe
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© National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London


Celestial table globe. It forms a pair with the anonymous terrestrial globe, GLB0038. Astronomical details on the sphere show stars and constellation figures which are very schematically drawn. The stars are indicted by one simple symbol, and 47 Ptolemaic constellations and two of the non-Ptolemaic constellations are dawn. Eight of the southern constellations of Plancius are drawn but not all of them are labelled.

The mappings for this pair of globes are copied from the second edition of John Speed's world map of 1626, as the title and the date on the globe are identical to those on the map. The date does not refer to the date of production. The maker did not record all the features of Speed's map and there are longitudinal mistakes. The present globes must date to the early 18th century due to the new methods of measuring the longitude. This globe is similar to GLB0038, but the two pins are located at the south ecliptic pole, and the supporting figure can be identified with Hercules due to the lion skin over his shoulder.

The Artist: unknown

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