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Willem Janszoon Blaeu, an exceptional pair of large Library Globes.
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Locatie:
Amsterdam, 1623 & 1648
Description:
Willem Janszoon Blaeu's 68cm. globes were made in response to the 53cm. pair issued by the Hondius firm in 1613. Their preparation was announced in 1614, and when finished in 1616 were presented to the States General, who awarded an honorarium of 50 guilders. They would remain the largest globes in production for over 70 years.

The terrestrial:
Is made up of 36 hand-coloured engraved half gores and two polar calottes, pasted onto a plaster sphere, with a detailed and inscribed cartouche to each hemisphere as called for by P. van der Krogt (state 4), the equatorial graduated and labeled every 10 degrees, each degree divided into thirds and alternately hand-coloured in red, blank and blue, the meridian similarly labelled and coloured, the prime meridian of Tenerife is used, the ecliptic graduated in individual days and the houses of the Zodiac similarly coloured, the tropics and polars hand-coloured red, the seas densly decorated with ships, seamonsters, wind-roses and shipping routes, the continents with mountains, rivers and towns named in Latin and decorated with animals, figures and monsters, the great wall of China represented pictorially, California shown as an island, the fictious island labelled Frisland (unlike that in Van der Krogt).
Dated 1645/1648.

The celestial:
Is made up of 24 hand-coloured engraved half gores, pasted on to a plaster sphere, with a detailed and inscribed cartouche headed by a portrait of Tycho Brahe and bearing the signature Guiljelmus Blaeuw as called for by P. van der Krogt (state 3), the axis through the celestial pole, the equatorial graduated and labelled every 10 degrees, each degree divided into thirds, the ecliptic graduated in individual days of the houses of the Zodiac, labelled every ten days, each day divided into thirds, the constellations following the style established by Mercator and finely engraved, with text in Latin, Greek and Arabic giving alternative names, the stars are categorized to six levels of magnitude and are picked out in gold paint, nebulae are given a separate symbol and are indicated in notes without a cartouche.
Dated 1640.

Both globes on a parcel-gilt and grained imitating rosewood Dutch-style stand with four turned baluster supports above a circular moulded base with cross-stretcher resting on an oak wood triangular support and bun feet, the globe supported in a messing meridian with hour-ring and pointer, the hand-coloured engraved horizon carrying Julian and Gregorian calendars with Saints' days, houses of the Zodiac, the wind directions and degree scale.

Price on request.

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