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Sphaerae Mundi: Early Globes at the Stewart Museum, Montreal
     

Sphaerae Mundi: Early Globes at the Stewart Museum, Montreal

by Edward Dahl, Jean-Francois Gauvin, Jean Francois Gauvin (Joint Author)
 

Advances in modern science and technology have made present-day terrestrial and celestial globes scientifically obsolete and aesthetically banal. From the Renaissance to the mid-nineteenth century, however, they were indispensable tools for the study of geography and astronomy. Beginning with an overview of early globes, the authors examine how the modern era in

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Advances in modern science and technology have made present-day terrestrial and celestial globes scientifically obsolete and aesthetically banal. From the Renaissance to the mid-nineteenth century, however, they were indispensable tools for the study of geography and astronomy. Beginning with an overview of early globes, the authors examine how the modern era in globe making, which began in Flemish and Dutch shops in the early seventeenth century, show how globe making spread throughout Europe, and explain how what were both decorative and scientific objects became symbols of power, universal knowledge, intellectual status, and personal vanity. Beginning with the collection's earliest globe, dated 1533, the authors introduce us to the life and works of some of the greatest Dutch, French, English, German, Italian, and Swedish globe makers. The 120 colour illustrations allow the reader to savour these rare and unusual works and include numerous detailed reproductions of both terrestrial and celestial map images. Sphæræ Mundi charts developments and changes over three centuries of globe making, considering the globes as indicators of scientific advance and geographical exploration as well as artifacts and providing a unique opportunity to become familiar with these complex and beautiful objects.

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From the Renaissance era down to the mid19th century, terrestrial and celestial globes were not only instruments of science and education, but works of art and highly prized craftsmanship. In Sphaere Mundi: Early Globes At The Stewart Museum, Montreal, Edward Dahl and JeanFrancois Gauvin successfully collaborate to provide the reader with a history of the Dutch, English, French, Italian, German, and Swedish globes, drawing upon the holdings of the Stewart Museum in Montreal, Canada beginning with their earliest globe, circa 1533. The superbly written, thoroughly informative, totally engaging text is wonderfully enhanced for the reader's pleasure with 120 full color illustrations and charts the developments and changes in more than 300 years of globe making. Sphaere Mundi is "must" reading for students of cartography and nonspecialist general readers with an interest in the history of science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773521667
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
06/29/2000
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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