Known to have existed in Classical times and still being made for a mass market, globes represent the oldest continuous technique for picturing the Earth and heavens. Originally aids to philosophy, the Renaissance saw their development as compendia of rapidly expanding geographical and astronomical knowledge, and as instruments of navigation and cosmography. They have been produced as simple spheres and as sophisticated mechanical devices, as toys and as high -status furniture; used as classroom and other demonstrational tools and as a symbol in the art of many periods. Until the onset of modern industrial techniques, their manufacture as plaster, wood or metal spheres was complex and laborious, and the skills required for their graphic construction and publication no less so. The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich has one of the world's largest and finest collections of globes, comprising over 300 items including terrestrial and celestial examples, armillary spheres and planispheres. Many of these themselves derive from earlier holdings, such as the Barberini, Landau, and Gabb collections, which were acquired en bloc for the Museum in its formative years through the activities of its principal benefactor, Sir James Caird (1864-1954). The Greenwich collection has now been fully catalogued by one of the leading authorities on Western globes, Dr Elly Dekker, who undertook the task from 1993 to 1995 as the Museum's first Sackler Fellow in the History of Astronomy and Navigational Sciences. The catalogue includes full entries on all items in the Museum's collection, the overwhelming majority being illustrated. There are also nine introductory essays by Dr Dekker and other NMM specialists, and an integrated section on the Museum's Islamic globes, introduced and catalogued by Dr Silke Ackermann of the British Museum.
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... done to the very highest standards... Within its terms of reference...Globes at Greenwich is a superb work ( Nature)
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1999. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Fine. First Edition. 52 color plates, with a plehtora of textual photographs and illustrations, including some color. Oxford: Oxford University Press and the National Maritime Museum, 1999. First edition. "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, nine introductory essays, and an integrated section on the Museum's Islamic globes." Quarto. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket, housed in the publisher's slipcase. Codice libro della libreria 64644
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1999. Cloth. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. First Edition. First Edition. XI, [1 blank], -592 pages. Original blue cloth, photographically illustrated dust jacket. Lower corner tip bumped. Slipcase is present, but paper covering torn at rear and with 2 corners bumped. Cloth. Already a standard reference and out of print, now scarce in the marketplace. The catalog of the National Maritime Museum's globe collection was undertaken by Dr. Elly Dekker, and took some 2 years to complete. "The catalogue includes full entries on all items in the Museum's collection, the overwhelming majority being illustrated". Highly recommended. Codice libro della libreria 21407