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Literature Related to Terrestrial and Celestial Globes

Most of the books and catalogs listed are out of print but can be found from time to time on used book websites such as or even on eBay.

One of the most detailed resources on globes is Der Globusfreund by the International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes (Coronelli Gesellschaft). Formed in 1952, the International Coronelli Society is dedicated to the research and preservation of vintage and antique terrestrial and celestial spheres. The group publishes an annual booklet filled with information. As of 2000, the book is also published in English. Since 2003 the booklet is published only every two years.

To obtain future copies, go to You will receive a book with a paid membership (30 EURO per year). You also can obtain previously published copies (if available). Or contact us for back copies.

Publications in English

Terrestrial and Celestial Globes
Stevenson, E.L. Yale University Press, 1921.
Reprint 1998 Martino Fine Books.

Spheres, Globes & Orreries
The Whipple Museum of the History Of Science.
Olivia Brown. 1983

Christie’s South Kensington Globes and Planateria
Bi annual Auction catalogs 1993-2001 with many pictures and brief descriptions

Globes from the Western World
Elly Dekker & Peter van der Krogt.
Trevor Philip & Sons Ltd. Zwemmer 1993

The World in your Hands
An Exhibition Of Globes And Planetaria.
Christie’s special event catalog. 1994

British Globes up to 1850
A Provisional Inventory
R Dunn & Helen Wallis. London 1999

Globes at Greenwich
A Catalog of Globes at the National Maritime Museum.
Elly Dekker. Oxford Univ Press. 1999

Sphaerae Mundi
Early Globes At The Stewart Museum
Dahl, E.H. & J-F. Gauvin. Septentrion, 2000

The Geography of Heaven and Earth.
Rittenhouse Journal of the American Scientific Instrument Enterprise , vol. 2, No. 1 (1987), pp. 14-32, vol. 2, No. 2 (1988), pp. 52-64, vol. 2, No. 3 (1988), pp. 88-104 and vol. 2, No. 4 (1988) pp. 109-137. byDeborah Jean Warner:

Globi Neerlandici. The production of globes in the Low Countries
Peter van der Krogt. Utrecht, 1993

The Globemuseum of the Austrian National Library
Jan Mokre 2005
The best “beginners” introduction into the “world of globes”.

Publications in German only

Der Globus im Wandel der Zeiten
Oswald Muris & Gert Saarmann
Columbus Verlag Paul Ostergaard KG

Die Welt in Haenden
Kurze Kulturgeschichte des Globus
Alois Fauser 1967

Globen Aus Urgrossvaters Zeiten und Seine Zeitgenossen
Katalog zur Ausstellung in der Österreichichen Nationalbibliothek.
Jan Felkl 1982

Die Welt in Haenden Globus und Karte als Modell von Erde und Raum
Staatsbibliothek Berlin 1989

Uhren & Globen
Mathematischer und Physikalischer Salon
Karl M Lipp Verlag. 1993

Astronomische Uhren und Welt-Modelle
Models made in 18th Century Germany
Oechslin. 1996

Modelle Der Welt – Erd und Himmelsgloben
Peter Allmayer-Beck 1997
Most comprehensive collection of globe related information, from manufacturer index to the history and manufacturing of globes and more.

Erde, Sonne, Mond & Sterne
Collections of the History Museum of Frankfurt am Main.
R Glasemann 1999

Das Globus Museum der Österreichichen Nationalbibliothek
Jan Mokre 2005