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The Kraus Map Collection


Globes VI, Coronelli Celestial Globe (1688)

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Title   Coronelli Celestial Globe
Cartographer   Coronelli, Vincenzo (1650 - 1718)
Subject   Globes, Celestial
Publisher   Not identified
Repository   Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Place of publication
     or creation
Date(s)   1688
Format   Globe
Kraus catalog no.   Globes VI
Dimensions in mm.   1400 x 1420 mm, diameter 1100 mm.
Rights   No known U.S. copyright restrictions. Please cite the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, as the image source.


Coronelli (1650-1718) was a member of the Minorite Conventual (Franciscan) Order – later in life (1701) he rose to the Generalship of his Order. His Venetian convent became, under his leadership, a publishing center where hundreds of maps were drawn, engraved, and printed; and there he founded the first geographical society, who were the publishers of many of his works.

Coronelli’s celestial globe was issued in several editions. As the date was printed in an inscription on a rim surrounding the North and South polar constellations, these had to be trimmed off when the pieces were pasted onto the globe, and consequently they are not on this one. Very few of the constellations are named on this globe; the few that are bear names in Italian (capital letters) and Latin (small letters). The engravings of the constellation figures are brilliant examples of baroque art, with their striking large figures of men, animals, and objects.

A larger, unique set of the celestial and terrestrial globes is displayed at the Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterrand in Paris; another pair of the smaller globes is at the Library of Congress and a terrestrial globe may be found at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.