PROPERTY OF A GERMAN COUNT
Peter van der Krogt, Globi Neerlandici, The production of globes in the Low Countries, Utrecht 1993
The present globe is based on the Mercator world map of 1569. This globe and the fourteen other known surviving examples are incredibly rare. Various additions were made since Van Langren’s first version of his large terrestrial globe of 1589. These adjustments were a result of exciting new geographical findings, such as the discovery of Nova Zembla, complete with the so called ‘Behouden Huis’ (1596/7) and Bear Island, but also evolving to illustrate South America, the Antarctic and the most up-to-date understanding of the Dutch East Indies. New cartouches including the discovery of Tierra del Fuego by Magellan and Java added later.
Interestingly, the present globe displays a reference to the privilege (or patent) on the production of globes granted to the Van Langren family. In 1592, the Dutch States General allowed the Van Langran’s a 10 year monopoly on the production of globes, which unsurprisingly led to quarrels with their rival Jodocus Hondius. The globe produced for the council and city of Zutphen of 1608, and now in the Stedelijk Museum in Zutphen, is probably the nearest in execution to the present globe and bears a very similar dedication. Arnold van Langren encountered financial difficulties in the early 17th century, probably due to the fact that his great competitor Hondius was able to make globes once Van Langren’s monopoly ceased, and consequently he had to flee to the Southern Netherlands in 1607, the year the present globe was manufactured. It has been suggested that as van Langren commissions dried up, he began to produce globes with special dedications in the hope of selling to the named party. The present globe provides an excellent example being dedicated to the city of Zwolle.
We gratefully thank Mr. Christiaan te Strake from the Stedelijk Museum Zutphen for his help in cataloguing this lot
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