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Fine pair of eighteenth century globes by Doppelmayr

[Pair of Globes]. [Globus Terrestris Novus...; Globus Coelestis Novus...].
[DOPPELMAYR, Johann Gabriel]
[W.P. Jenig,
Publication place
Publication date
1732 but 1789 or later].


Each globe 32cm (12 inches) in diameter, each com prised of two sets of twelve engraved hand-coloured gores laid on a papier-maché and plaster sphere, each within an original graduated brass meridian ring, with a brass hour ring and pointer, wooden octagonal horizon ring with a printed paper ring, each supported on four baluster turned and ebonised columns united by cross-stretchers under the turned base, with four bun feet, each globe with fine patina, minor surface loss to globe gores.


Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr (?1677-1750) was an astronomer and geographer who, from 1704 until his death, occupied the post of Professor of Mathematics at the Aegidien Gymnasium at Nuremberg. His activities as a globe maker form part of his efforts to popularize the new scientific ideas of the Enlightenment in Germany. For that purpose, he translated several works into German, one of which was N. Bion's work on globes. He also produced several celestial maps, which were later included into his most famous work 'Atlas novus coelestia' of 1742, published by the house of Johann Baptist Homann.

Between 1728 and 1736 Doppelmayr designed pairs of globes of several sizes - 10, 20, and 32 cm - in co-operation with the Nuremberg engraver Johann Georg Puschner I (1680-1749). The globes were republished by Homann in the 1750s and again in the 1790s - the present examples - by which time the copper plates had passed into the hands of the Nuremberg publisher Wolfgang Paul Jenig.


National Maritime Museum GLBOO75; GLBOO76.