Globes: Reference Books

Recommended contemporary and antique books for the globe and map collector or historian. To order them from us, click on the "Order Books" link below, and please specify which books you would like and provide your mailing address. We will then send you an e-mail invoice for payment by check or money order. Please inquire as to shipping costs.  Generally $10 to $15 per book for shipments in United States; more for international.

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Edward H. Dahl and Jean-Francois Gauvin
Sphaerae Mundi: Early Globes at the Stewart Museum
Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2000, ISBN 0773521666, $50

An excellent reference book on the vast antique globe collection of the Stewart Museum in Montreal, including Continental and English globes circa 1530s to 1850s, together with related atlases and works of art. The book focuses on globe making in the Netherlands, England, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and France, and also contains thought-provoking scholarly essays by Peter van der Krogt, who challenges the notion that medieval Europeans thought the earth was flat, and Robert Derome, who discusses globe stands and pictorial decorations from an art historical perspective.

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Tom Lamb and Jeremy Collins, Editors
The World in Your Hands: An Exhibition of Globes and Planetaria
London: Christie's, 1994, $140

Ground-breaking exhibit of the globe collection of Rudolf Schmidt of Austria, held at Christies. Not an auction catalog, but an exhibition catalog, with globes from other sources shown as well. Many color illustrations, with easy-to-follow useful captions. Short articles by Elly Dekker and Arthur Middleton on globe history, and Sylvia Sumira on globe construction.

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Elly Dekker and Peter van der Krogt
Globes from the Western World
London: Zwemmer, 1993, $350
Fine, unused condition. Now out-of-print and scarce. Only a few copies available.

The standard comprehensive guide to the history of globes from ancient times to the present, written by two noted Dutch scholars. Many useful color illustrations. In English.

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Elly Dekker

Globes at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Globes and Armillary Spheres in theNational Maritime Museum
Oxford University Press, New York: 1999
Please inquire as to availability.

Broad range of examples of vintage globes and planetaria are discussed and illustrated, including many British globes from 18th through 20th centuries. Chapter on globe construction and conservation. Large book, well illustrated, in its own protective slipcase, as issued. Now an essential reference book, and nice for a gift.

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Peter E Allmayer-Beck, ed.
Modelle der Welt: Erd-und Himmelsgloben -- Kulturerbe aus oesterreichischen Sammlungen
[Models Of The World: Terrestrial And Celestial Globes -- Cultural Inheritance from Austrian Collections]

Vienna: Bibliophile Edition/Christian Brandstaetter Verlagsgesellschaft, 1997, $135

Recent book focusing on globes from Austrian collections. Orientation towards Continental globes. Illustrated with numerous color photographs. In German.

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Edward Luther Stevenson
Terrestrial and Celestial Globes
1921. Mansfield Centre, Connecticut: Martino Fine Books, 1998
Octavo, cloth, no d.j. as issued, $95

This is a reprint edition of the limited-edition classic text on globes, from early ones through the end of the 18th century. The original 1921 volume, published by Yale University Press, now sells for about $750. Black-and-white photographs, such as the one shown at left, are useful, but have lost a little detail from the original.

Joslin Manual

Gilman Joslin
Manual for Joslin's New Solar Telluric Globe, Designed for the Use of Families, Schools and Academies
Boston, Massachusetts: 1866 [copyright 1852]
Small pamphlet, stiff paper printed wraps
6.75 x 4.25 inches, 30 pages, $250

Manual and problem book for one of Joslin's more popular 19th-century models. Title page shown at left. View more information.

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The Murad III Globes
London: Christie's, 1991
Small quarto, illustrated wraps, 31 pp., $40

Auction catalog for the Murad III globes: "A Magnificent pair of gilt-metal globes, terrestrial and celestial, bearing the Tughra and Latin inscription of Sultan Murad III...attributed to the workshop of Gerard Mercator at Dusburg...dated 1579." Numerous color and black and white illustrations and text.

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Katherine Harmon
You Are Here
New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2004
191 pp., a few signed copies at $30 each

A wide-ranging collection of superbly inventive maps beyond the boundaries of geography or convention. These are charts of places you're not expected to find, but a voyage you take in your mind: including maps of imaginary places or concepts, maps by artists, and pictorial maps of actual places. ...With over 100 maps from artists, cartographers, and explorers, You Are Here gives the reader a fascinating view of worlds, both real and imaginary."

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Hilary Ballon
The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011
New York: Museum of the City of New York and Columbia University Press, 2012
224 pp., $40 each

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, the foundational document that established Manhattan's famous street grid. It reproduces rare historic maps, photographs and prints of the evolution of the city's streets and explores how the grid has become a defining feature of the city, shaping its institutions and public life. Read more here.