A Greaves & Thomas facsimile globe of Martin Behaims 1492 'Erdapfel' London.
A fine 50cm. diameter reproduction terrestrial globe made up of twelve colour printed paper gores and two polar calottes, the equatorial and prime meridian graduated but unlabelled, the ecliptic ungraduated but with small pictures for the houses of the Zodiac, the oceans coloured a dark green/blue with a profusion of notes in hand-written style with pictures of ships and sea creatures, many islands somewhat impressionistically rendered, the Antarctic with an impressive crest in its place showing a crowned, winged and bare-chested woman above five different shields with foliate decoration, the continents coloured in yellow and showing mountains, rivers, numerous places of settlement and many notes, certain locations with red and blue flags marking their location, the general cartography bearing only a passing resemblance to modern cartography, with oak meridian circle (immovable) with brass finial, papered on both sides graduated in degrees 0-360 and in four quadrants of 0-90 degrees with labelling for ZONA FRIGIDA SEPTENTRIONALIS, ZONA TEMPERATA and others, with fruitwood horizon ring papered and graduated in degrees in two direction, days of the month and of the houses of the Zodiac, with wind directions and Saint's days, the houses of the Zodiac with highly decorative pictures, symbols and names, raised on four fruitwood barley-twist legs to base plate, with central support and large, highly decorative wind rose, on four brass castors
- Please note. We are informed that the stand is not by Greaves and Thomas.