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Reference Book, Antique Globes, Globes from the Western World, Dekker and van der Krogt, 1993


Elly Dekker and Peter van der Krogt
Globes From the Western World
London: Zwemmer, 1993
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Reference book on antique globes.

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. Includes a section on English globes and also one on the history of globes made in America. Now out-of-print and scarce

Elly Dekker — From Wikipedia:

Elisabeth (Elly) Dekker (Haarlem, 1943) is a Dutch astronomer and science historian, specializing in the history of astronomy. She studied theoretical physics and astronomy at Utrecht University. In 1975 she obtained a PhD. in astronomy at Leiden University with the thesis Spiral structure and the dynamics of flat stellar systems supervised by Hendrik C. van de Hulst. From 1978-1988 she was a curator of Museum Boerhaave in Leiden and afterwards an independent scholar. From 1993-1995 she was a Sackler fellow of the Royal Museums Greenwich.

Peter Van der Krogt — From the Society for the History of Discoveries, 2009:

Born Petrus Cornelis Jozef van der Krogt on January 15, 1956 in Delft, he received all of his education in The Netherlands. He studied physical geography and cartography at Utrecht University and earned his first degree in 1981. Continuing his interest in cartography, along with how globes are produced, his Ph.D. dissertation offered a systematic description and study of all the globes published in the Low Countries (his Ph.D. degree was from Utrecht University in 1989). A second part of his study was later completed, and published in English, as Globi Nederlandici: the production of globes in the Low Countries (Utrecht: HES, 1993). Each globe is put into its context: cartographic, geographic, iconographic, and historical. This book is far more than an illustrated bibliography, and has been described as a modern ground-breaking study in globe description; it was welcomed with international appreciation and recognition.

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Another important book, co-compiled by Peter, is Bibliografie van de geschiedenis van de kartografie van de Nederlanden. Bibliography of the history of cartography of the Netherlands (Utrecht: HES, 1993), a vital aid for those interested in Dutch cartography. From 1988 to 2006 he co-edited (and partly compiled) the 7 volumes of the Atlas Blaeu – Van der Hem of the Austrian National Library: an illustrated and annotated catalogue (‘t Goy – Houten: HES & De Graaf). To a reprint of Joan Blaeu’s Atlas Maior of 1665 (Cologne; London: Taschen, 2005 [etc.]) Peter provided an introduction and new texts in which he explained the cultural and historical aspects of its maps. For Abraham Ortelius and the first atlas: essays commemorating the Quadricentennial of his death (‘t Goy – Houten: HES, 1998) he was again a co-editor. His latest co-editorship has been to honor his former Utrecht University department head in Mappae antiquae: liber amicorum Günter Schilder: essays on the occasion of his 65th birthday (‘t Goy – Houten: HES & De Graaf, 2007).

Peter has a long-time commitment to Koeman’s Atlantes Neerlandici: New Edition. The original standard 6-volume reference work for scholars, cataloguers, and bibliographers was compiled by Professor Cornelis Koeman, and by others under his direction, at Utrecht University (Amsterdam: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1967-1971; vol.6 Alphen aan den Rijn: Canaletto, 1985). When it became necessary to update this vital research tool Peter was selected for the task, and started another multi-volume series in a completely new arrangement. Three volumes of the award-winning new edition have been published since 1997, and the fourth will appear at the end of 2009. Those who appreciate what Peter has accomplished with this project all express profound admiration for his work.

Peter van der Krogt

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20th Century, hardcover, reference book