The Globe Museum
The Globe Museum located in Vienna, Austria is the only one of its kind in the world. Opened in 1956, it is connected to the Austrian National Library. They contain an impressive collection of historic globes, with over 700 on offer. While most of the globes are available for academic research properties, they have 250 terrestrial and celestial globes on display for the public. They specialize in globes made before 1950, although they contain some more recent models as well. This is a place we at Columbus Globes would definitely like to visit if we ever to make it to Vienna! Until then, we wanted to highlight a few of our favorite antique celestial globes from their collection. Without further ado, here are three unforgettable celestial globes that the Globe Museum houses.
3. H. Albrecht's Celestial Globe from the 1890's
Not much can be found online about this globe or the globe maker. What we do know about this globe is it dates to just before the turn of the 20th century. This sleek black ocean design features a handsome red latitude and longitude grid. The constellations are labelled in in the same red hue. A white streak of the Milky Way galaxy cuts across this stunning celestial globe, which features bright spots that designate stars. Just over a foot in diameter, the globe stands two feet tall on its black metal and wood stand, which holds the globe at a 23.5 degree tilt. A full meridian with latitudinal degree calibrations surrounds this sphere, along with a horizontal ringed cradle. The moody black celestial globe is a real knockout, and a gem from the Globe Museum's collection.
2. Gerard Valk's Celestial Globe from 1707
Gerard Valk was an engraver and globe maker from Amsterdam. Together with his son, they produced impressive globes from the end of the 17th century into the 18th. This beautiful celestial globe has a beige background, and drawings of mythic animals and heroes abound on this artful antique model. Produced in 1707, the globe makers populate the constellations with drawings of lions, lobsters, unicorns and serpents along with legendary humans from the popular myths. A latitude and longitude grid also spans this globe, which is held at a tilt by its brass full meridian. The wooden cradle and base hold this sphere, which is 1.27 feet in diameter to but just under 2 feet tall total. The Valk's celestial globe stands out due to its unparalleled artistry.
1. Gerardus Mercator's Celestial Globe from 1551
Gerardus Mercator is one of the most influential and legendary cartographers from history. Inventing the Mercator map projection, which is still used to this day, his innovations in the field are impossible to overstate. The Belgian, who worked often in Germany, was a true renaissance man, dabbling in philosophy and math in addition to cartography and globe making. This colorful celestial globe from Mercator is a priceless relic of history. One of the crown jewels of the Globe Museum's collection, this globe features a sumptuous blue background, and artful interpretations of the constellation myths. The celestial globe is in Latin with a sphere that is 1.34 inches in diameter. In its four legged cradle, it stands just over two feet total. How can we get this into OUR globe collection??