Dutch terrestrial globe, 1599

Made:
1599 in Amsterdam and North Holland province
maker:
Willem Janszoon Blaeu

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Terrestrial globe (diameter 13 3/4 inches) made by William Jansoon Blaeu on a wooden stand, early 17th century. From a
Science Museum Group Collection
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Dutch terrestrial globe, 1599 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638. Blaeu terrestrial globe (stand worm eaten, one
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch terrestrial globe, 1599 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638. Blaeu terrestrial globe (stand worm eaten, one
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch terrestrial globe, 1599 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638. Blaeu terrestrial globe (stand worm eaten, one
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch terrestrial globe, 1599 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638. Blaeu terrestrial globe (stand worm eaten, one
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch terrestrial globe, 1599 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638. Blaeu terrestrial globe (stand worm eaten, one
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch terrestrial globe, 1599 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638. Blaeu terrestrial globe (stand worm eaten, one
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Dutch terrestrial globe, 1599 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638. Blaeu terrestrial globe (stand worm eaten, one
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Group photograph of Blaeu Globes. LHS. Dutch terrestrial globe, 1599 made by Blaeu, Willem Janszoon, 1571-1638. Blaeu terrestrial
Science Museum Group Collection
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Blaeu terrestrial globe (stand worm eaten, one foot detached)

Dated 1599, this terrestrial globe was made by Willem Janszoon Blaeu in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This view is centred on the Pacific Ocean and shows all discoveries made up to that time. The Dutch were the first to make printed globes in large numbers and introduced the distinctive the four-legged globe stand. The terrestrial globe is a three-dimensional depiction of the Earth showing its geography and the political boundaries of its nations. Like its celestial counterpart, the terrestrial globe was used to teach and demonstrate various astronomical principles. It could be used to illustrate the Earth rotation and explain the basis of day and night. Likewise, the user could calculate the time of sunset and sunrise for anywhere on the Earth.

Details

Category:
Astronomy
Object Number:
1925-286
Materials:
globe, wood, plaster, paper, stand, wood
Measurements:
globe: 13.38583 in.; 340 mm
type:
terrestrial globe
taxonomy:
  • disciplines
  • disciplines
  • science
  • natural sciences
  • physical sciences
  • visual and verbal communication
  • globe - cartographic sphere
credit:
Breslauer, M.
status:
Permanent collection

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