Thursday, April 25, 2013

If I had a million dollars...

...I'd buy myself a pair of late-sixteenth century globes.

The Cartaro terrestrial globe, 1577.
Photo: Sotheby's.
Sotheby's will be auctioning a matched set of terrestrial and celestial globes by the Italian cartographer Mario Cartaro, dated 1577.  The terrestrial globe is based on Giacomo Gastaldi’s world map of c. 1561, and it is thus apparently the earliest dated globe to name Canada.

The pre-auction estimate?  A modest 100,000 to 150,000 GBP.  See here for the catalogue description.  And here for newspaper coverage of the sale, courtesy of Randy Boswell.

A first: "Canada" on a globe.


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