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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.
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Dekker is an acknowledged expert on globes who has previously written on the subject. The other contributors are experts on various aspects of globes. Pieter van der Merwe is the Head of Publications at the NMM.
Dr Elly Dekker, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF. Tel: 0181 858 4422. Fax: 0181 312 6632.
Dr E. Dekker, Meidoornlaan 13, Linschoten, NL - 3461 ES, The Netherlands.
Dr Pieter van der Merwe, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF. Tel: 0181 858 4422. Fax: 0181 312 6632
"Globes are...still a relatively new field of interest....The NMM catalogue is therefore very welcome, and everyone should be grateful for the extensive work that has been necessary to complete and publish it....Jonathan Bett gives a detailed illustration of the sophisticated and ingenious mechanisms of clockwork globes, scarcely studied hitherto....This volume is a first-rate source both for general and particular information on globes and globe making throughout the ages...collectors and non-specialists as well as scholars will find easily in this catalogue the answers to many different questions about globes."--Notes and Records
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Book Description Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st. in slipcase. With 120 color and 700 black and white illustrations. Seller Inventory # 29056