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A pair of beautiful 47 cm globes, dedicated to King William III of England

CORONELLI, Vincenzo.
Globum huiusmodi, terraqueum [& coelestem] Gulielmo III. invictissimo, ac potentissimo Magnae Britanniaem etc. ...
[Dedication signed:] London, Vincenzo Coronelli, 1696. A pair of globes (47 cm diameter), terrestrial and celestial, each with 12 engraved gores and 2 polar calottes. Each globe coloured by a later hand and varnished. Each with a wooden meridian and horizon ring, the horizon ring covered with a reproduction of an engraved sheet and the meridian ring painted in yellow and red with manuscript notes. Each globe in a wooden stand in 17th-century style.
€ 385,000
A pair of beautiful globes, in their first state, by the celebrated Venetian globe maker Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718), who worked extensively for the French and British markets. “His reputation in the field was established in 1681 with the production of the so-called ‘Marly globes’ … made for the French king, Louis XIV. Coronelli seems to have sensed that the nobility of Europe wanted grand globes. These, then, he would provide!” (Dekker, p. 112). One of them is the present pair of globes dedicated to William of Orange, Stadholder of The Netherlands and King of England as William III.
“In geographical names the map records are very full, these being given either in Italian, Spanish, Latin, Dutch, English, or in the native language of the country in which they appear. … Legends are exceedingly numerous, many of them recording incidents relating to certain expeditions or to certain discoveries, such as the expedition of Magellan; early expeditions along the west coast of North America, including reference to Cortes, Ulloa, Alarçon, Cabrillo, Guzman, Drake, expeditions to the East Indies, including that of Le Maire, Hoorn, Van Diemen, Chaumony, and others. Boundary lines of local regions, in both the Old and the New World are exceedingly numerous, which fact in itself gives a somewhat unique value to the map as of geographical and historical value. California appears as an island, and a great stretch of ocean appears between northwest North America and northeast Asia wherein is located land with indefinite outline marked, 'Terra de Jesso ó Jeco, Yedco, Esso et Sesso Scoperta dagli Hollandesi 1'anno 1643. The map of North America is particularly of interest and value, especially for the region of the United States” (Stevenson).
“Thirty-eight constellations are designated in the northern hemisphere, twelve in the zodiac, and thirty-three in the southern hemisphere, thus adding thirty-five to the number as given by Ptolemy. Instead of Ptolemy's 1022 catalogued stars, including fifteen of the first magnitude, forty-five of the second, two hundred and eight of the third, four hundred and seventy-four of the fourth, two hundred and seventeen of the fifth, forty-nine of the sixth, and forty which were nebular and indistinct, Coronelli gives the number as 1902, including eighteen of the first, sixty-eight of the second, two hundred and thirty-seven of the third, four hundred and ninety-six of the fourth, four hundred and eighty-nine of the fifth, five hundred and sixteen of the sixth, and seventy-eight which were nebular and indistinct. Five of the latter, having been discovered in the previous one hundred and twenty-five years, had wholly or in part disappeared in Coronelli's day, of which, that making its appearance in the constellation Cassiopeia in the year 1572 disappeared in the year 1574, that discovered in the year 1596 in the Whale was rapidly diminishing in size, that discovered by Tycho Brahe in the Swan in the year 1600 ceased to be visible in the year 1629 to reappear in the year 1659, that in the Serpent larger than the planet Jupiter which was visible but thirteen months, that in the head of the Swan discovered in the year 1670 and still visible” (Stevenson on the 1688 celestial globe, largely matching the present vesion).
One of the celestial globe's cartouches has some minor damage and another's left side doesn't align exactly with its right. Some restorations to the paper and with the printed horizon rings in facsimile. A beautiful pair of globes.
Dekker, Globes at Greenwich, pp. 312-316 ( GLB0124-125); Stevenson, Terrestrial and celestial globes, pp. 115-118.
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