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Object Name: 3.5-inch terrestrial globe
Date: 1552
Inventory Number: 1997-1-2060b
Classification: Globe
Maker: François DeMongenet
died 1592
Cultural Region: France
City of Origin: Vesoul
Dimensions: 16 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm (6 5/16 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in.) globe diam: 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)
Materials: wood, paper
Description: The globe is fixed on a black wood stand and possesses no other accessories, like a brass meridian or hour circle, usually found on larger globes. It is made of twelve gores which come from a woodcut. Some characteristics of the cartography are: The ghosts islands below Java are identified as "inexploratae magn"; the tropics are identified as "Tropicus aestivus" and "Tropicus hybernus"; Japan was left unnamed.

Two cartouches were also engraved: one for the dedicacy, and one for the signature.
Signed: cartouche: FACIEBAT FRANCISCUS DEMONGENET anno 1552
Inscribed: cartouche: EXIMIO VIRO D : I : P: A MONTE MAIORE
Function: Teaching astronomy.
Historical Attributes: The general cartography started what is often called the DeMongenet tradition, which lasted until the early seventeenth century.
Curatorial Remarks: The gores are almost certainly older than the wood globe and its black stand. It is probable that at a later date (perhaps during the nineteenth century?) the gores were cut out of a book and assembled in their present form.
Related Works: Elly Dekker, "The DeMongenet Tradition in Globe Making," in Globes at Greenwich, ed. Elly Dekker (Oxford: Oxford University Press / Greenwich: National Maritime Museum, 1999), 69-74.
Published References: Eva Koleva Timothy, Lost in Learning: The Art of Discovery (Newburyport, MA: Athenaeum Publishing, 2010).
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