Terrestrial globe by Willem Janszoon Blaeu

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
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London

Terrestrial globe made by Willem Janszoon Blaeu, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1599.

This globe is centred on the Pacific Ocean and shows the lands known to Dutch navigators up until 1599. The Dutch were the first to make printed globes in large numbers and introduced the distinctive four-legged globe stand. Terrestrial globes were used to teach geography and were paired with celestial globes which were used to teach astronomy. This globe could be used to illustrate the Earth’s rotation, explain the basis of day and night, and to calculate the time of sunset and sunrise for anywhere in the world.

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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.

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