• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 5809

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    15 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 198

    AN EARLY ITALIAN ISSUE OF THE HONDIUS 21-CM TERRESTRIAL GLOBE

    GIUSEPPE DE ROSSI, 1615

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    AN EARLY ITALIAN ISSUE OF THE HONDIUS 21-CM TERRESTRIAL GLOBE
    GIUSEPPE DE ROSSI, 1615
    An 8¼-inch (21cm.) diameter terrestrial globe made up of twelve copper-engraved paper gores pasted on a plaster-coated solid wooden sphere; the dedicatory cartouche surmounted with coat of arms: Illmo viro optimarõq. artium amatori et Fautori D Paulo Mellino Romano Iosephus de Rubeis Mediolanensis deuoti animi monomentum dat dicatquae; an address to the reader: I Hondius Lectoris... Anno 1615 to the large southen continent TERRA AUSTRALIS INCOGNITA; several notes on unexplored regions, ships and monsters to oceans, the fictitious island of Frisius given, North America labelled AMERICA SEPTENTRIONALIS a Chirstophoro Columb. 1492 detecta without northen coast, California as a peninsula. Later wooden meridian ring with divided paper scale; the later stand composed of octagonal horizon supported with four quadrants united on turned tapering column fixed to stand.
    18in. (46cm.) high
    A copy of the 1601 globe by the famed cartographer Jodocus Hondius (1563-1612), by the Milanese publisher Giuseppe de Rossi. A similar globe with uncoloured gores is held at the National Martime Museum (GLB0153).


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    Literature

    Dekker, E. Globes at Greenwich (Oxford, 1999), pp.357-9 & 482-4
    Stevenson, E.L. Terrestrial and Celestial Globes (New Haven, 1921) Vol II p.13