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Going Global
by Sheila Gibson • April 2001 Isaue, p. 176
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"[World] globes, those low-to no-tech teaching instruments of medieval origin, still hold their popularity. They've simply evolved to include additional roles as historic artifacts and objets d'art; though new ones continue their cartographic function... No true world citizen can do without one.

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"George Glazer specializes in antique globes. He doesn't deal with them exclusively, but he'd like to. 'The more I look at globes, the more I like them, the more I see in them,' he says.

"At the George Glazer gallery in Manhattan, collectors can find spheres from the 18th through the early 20th centuries: free-standing floor models, tabletop spheres, and pocket-size and novelty globes. Currently among the latter is a black marble 1960s-era Soviet cosmonaut trophy-globe that stands 1 foot tall.

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"'Globes can encapsulate everything. They're part science, part history, part travel, part decorative, and part map,' Glazer says.

"A rare 3-inch pocket globe with the constellations, planets, and zodiac imprinted on its surface instead of landmasses and oceans is one of his more unusual items. A similar guide to the stars from the Duke of Windsor collection sold at Sotheby's for almost twice the $5,500 being asked for this one."


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