1688 Coronelli Terrestrial Globe

Coronelli, Vincenzo (1650-1718). 1688.  (Terrestrial Globe 42 Inches in Diameter) Globo della Terra di tre piedi, e mezzo di diametro. Date estimated. Images provided by the State Library of New South Wales where the original printed globe gores reside. From the catalog record of the library: "1 globe on 26 sheets ; 24 globe gores each 27.5 x 64 x 9.5 x 64 cm. and 2 polar calottes 36 cm. diam. Relief shown pictorially. Title from 'The works printed by Father Coronelli' in Epitome Cosmografica M DC LXXXXIII. 24 gores and 2 polar calottes to make up a 42 inch (107 cm.) terrestrial globe. Includes text and illustrations. This illustrated globe is amongst the largest printed, and contains up-to date discoveries by La Salle and Chaumont. The large and small medallions near the dedication to Cardinal Cesare D'Estrees dated 1688 are blank. Coronelli's portrait incl. parchment with "Atlante Veneto" [1690 - 1696]; this terrestrial set dated 1688 is therefore contemporary with the accompanying Celestial globe gore set which is dated 1693. Online images available via the State Library of NSW, Australia. Georeferencing of globe gores done by Cartography Associates in 2016. Gores georeferenced in Cassini-Soldner projection, then converted to Geographic, Robinson, and Times projections. Accompanied by a set 26 Celestial Globe Gores and Calottes dated 1693. View All of Coronelli's Works


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