Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (August 16, 1650 - December 9, 1718) was a Franciscan monk and an important 17th century cartographer and globe maker based in Venice. Though his works include the phenomenal Atlante Veneto, Coronelli is best known for his globes. In 1678 Coronelli was commissioned to make his first major globes by Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma. Louis XIV of France, having heard of the magnificent Parma globes, invited Coronelli to Paris where he constructed an impressive pair of gigantic globes measuring over 12 feet in diameter and weighing 2 tons each. At the height of his career, Coronelli founded the world's first geographical society, the Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti and was awarded the official title Cosmographer of the Republic of Venice. His extraordinary globes can be seen today at the Bibliothèque Nationale François Mitterrand in Paris, Biblioteca Marciana in Venice, in the National Library of Austria and in the Globe Museum in Vienna, in the library of Stift Melk, in the Special Collections Library of Texas Tech University and the British library.