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Globe, Moon, Lunar, 13-inch Diameter, Dietrich Reimer, Antique, Berlin, 1899 (Reserved)

Eduard von Lade (1817-1904) (designer)
Rudolf Dietz (1863-1942) (modeller)
Ernst Vohsen (publisher)
13-Inch Moon Relief Globe
Dietrich Reimer, Berlin: 1899
Bronze stand
27 inches high; 9 inches diameter, base
Provenance: Exhibited at Bruce Museum

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The relief moon globe is set in an iron rod half meridian with a pointer. It is raised on an finely cast bronze stand in the classical taste with an acanthus decorated baluster standard and round dish base decorated with flower heads and leaf tips. The globe shows the hemisphere of the moon visible from earth as physical geography in raised relied on one side, and shows the same view instead as printed gores with the corresponding names of the craters, mountains, and seas (maria) engraved and printed on gores on the other side. In other words, both sides show the visible side of the moon — one half in raised relief, the other half printed with cartographic information. The dark side of the moon — which had not yet been mapped at the time — is not shown. Both sides are rendered in natural cream and brown tones. The cartouche gives a scale of 1:10,000,000, and Reimer’s catalog entry gave the vertical exaggeration of the height of the relief elements as 10 times. Another example of this globe is in the collection of the local history museum of Wiesbaden Naurod (Heimatmuseum Wiesbaden-Naurod).

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The globe was manufactured by Reimer, and modelled by Rudolf Dietz after sketches by Heinrich Eduard von Lade (1817-1904), a German businessman who retired on his fortune at the age of 44 and devoted the rest of his life to various avocations, including the establishment of an institute of fruit breeding and wine culture on his private estate at Geisenheim.

Rudolf Dietz, who modeled the relief portion of the globe, was a teacher in Germany best known for his popular books of dialect poems. In his spare time he was also a skilled amateur handicraftsman, photographer and successful school book author. He spent most of his life in Wiesbaden.

Dietrich Reimer (1818-1899) was a prolific manufacturer of terrestrial globes in the latter part of the nineteenth century, following the firm’s purchase of the Adami company in 1874. Heinrich Kiepert (1818-1899) is another notable name that often appears on Reimer globes.

Cartouche: RELIEF MOND-GLOBUS/ entworfen von/ Eduard V. Lade./ Modellirt von Rud. Dietz/ Mass Stass 1:10,000,000 Gebirge 10 fach überhöht/ DIETRICH REIMER/ (ERNST VOHSEN)/ Berlin, 1899.

Condition: Generally very good overall, uniformly toned, few minor abrasions professionally restored.


Blunck, Jürgen. “Deutsche Pionierarbeiten der Monddarstellung mit erhabenem Relief (Deutscher Text S. 293-302) = German Pioneering Efforts in Lunar Representation Using a Raised Relief (English summary p. 303).” Der Globusfreund, Journal for the Study of Globes and Related Instruments. November 1999. Vol. 47. pp. 293-303.

“Eduard von Lade.” 2002. (29 October 2002).

“Mond-Globus im Heimatmuseum Naurod.” [“Moon Globe in the Naurod Local History Museum.”] Mainz im All. (29 October 2002).

Oestmann, Günther. “Der Mondglobus Tobias Mayers (1723-1762) (Deutscher Text S. 221-226) = The Lunar Globe of Tobias Mayer (1723-1762) (English summary pp. 227-228).” Der Globusfreund, Journal for the Study of Globes and Related Instruments. November 1999. Vol. 47/48.

“Rudolf Dietz blieb in guter Erinnerung.” [“In memory of Rudolf Dietz.”] Nastaetter Oktobermarkt, Rhein-Lahn-Zeitung vom. 24 October 1990. (29 October 2002).

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Lunar, Moon, Relief