Museo Galileo
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Terrestrial globe
    • Setting:
      Room III
    • Author:
      Willem Jansz Blaeu
    • Date:
      1622 / published ca. 1630
    • Materials:
      paper, wood
    • Dimensions:
      sphere diameter 680 mm, height 1340 mm, width 980 mm
    • Inventory:
      Dep. OAA, Firenze
    • Terrestrial globe (Dep. OAA, Firenze)
    • Terrestrial globe (Dep. OAA, Firenze)

This terrestrial globe, mounted on a worked wooden stand decorated with brass lilies, is signed Guljelmus Blaeu and dedicated to Ferdinand II de' Medici. With the celestial globe inv. Dep. OAA, Firenze, it forms a very well preserved and richly painted pair. Even the paper ring covering the horizon plane is in excellent condition. The specimen belongs to the fifth—and best-known—type of globe made by Blaeu. Completed in 1617, the globe was not printed until 1622. The delay enabled Blaeu to incorporate the new discoveries by the Dutch travelers Le Maire and Schouten. In keeping with pre-1630 knowledge, California is depicted as an island. Australia is not shown. There is an outline of the northern coast of New Guinea.