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Globes: 400 Years of Exploration, Navigation, and Power Hardcover – 22 Apr 2014

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (22 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022613900X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226139005
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.8 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,221,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A massive, gorgeous art book tracing the history of globes."--Cory Doctorow "Boing Boing "

"This fully illustrated book, centered around the British Library's outstanding collection of globes, provides a clear and authoritative introduction to some of the world's most sought-after and artistic cartographic creations--including the captivating and little known miniature globes, which were a particular English specialty. The author has an unparalleled familiarity with globes through her work as one of the world's most expert globe restorers. It has given her a surely unique perspective. While most experts look at globes from the outside, she looks at them from the inside outwards. In the process, and in simple language, she skillfully guides the reader through the complexities of their construction and use as well as provides an overview of the fascinating story of their development over the centuries."--Peter Barber, British Library

"All you ever wanted to know about the history of globes and how they have been made. See inside them as well as admire their geographical and astronomical exteriors in this beautifully illustrated book by a real expert, Sylvia Sumira. Some of the most famous globes in the world and those from the British Library's rarely displayed collection are revealed in their various guises; as symbols of power and mathematical instruments of geography and astronomy, as well as teaching aids and games for young people. A book not to be missed."--Sarah Tyacke, University of London and the Society for the History of the Map

"In her lavishly illustrated new book, "Globes: 400 years of Exploration, Navigation, and Power," Sumira traces the history and making of globes and showcases dozens of fine examples drawn largely from the collection of the British Library."--Greg Miller "Wired Map Lab Blog "

A massive, gorgeous art book tracing the history of globes. --Cory Doctorow "Boing Boing ""

In her lavishly illustrated new book, "Globes: 400 years of Exploration, Navigation, and Power," Sumira traces the history and making of globes and showcases dozens of fine examples drawn largely from the collection of the British Library. --Greg Miller "Wired Map Lab Blog ""

All you ever wanted to know about the history of globes and how they have been made. See inside them as well as admire their geographical and astronomicalexteriors in this beautifully illustrated book by a real expert, Sylvia Sumira. Some of the most famous globes in theworld and those from the British Library s rarely displayed collection are revealed in their various guises; as symbols of power and mathematical instruments of geography and astronomy, as well as teaching aids and games for young people. A book not to be missed. --Sarah Tyacke, University of London and the Society for the History of the Map"

This fully illustrated book, centered around the British Library s outstanding collection of globes, provides a clear and authoritative introduction to some of the world s most sought-after and artistic cartographic creations including the captivating and little known miniature globes, which were a particular English specialty. The author has an unparalleled familiarity with globes through her work as one of the world s most expert globe restorers. It has given her a surely unique perspective. While most experts look at globes from the outside, she looks at them from the inside outwards. In the process, and in simple language, she skillfully guides the reader through the complexities of their construction and use as well as provides an overview of the fascinating story of their development over the centuries. --Peter Barber, British Library"

About the Author

Sylvia Sumira is a leading authority on historic globes and one of few conservators in the world to specialize in printed globes. She worked at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich before setting up her own studio, where she carries out conservation work for museums, libraries, and other institutions, as well as for private owners. She lives in London.


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Great book but beware that the sister book called "The Art and History of Globes" is identical apart from the cover and title. Very deceiving as Amazon is advertising these as frequently purchased together. Misleading if you were expecting two different books. An expensive mistake!
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Nice intro, disappointing print quality, low res photos lack details.
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HASH(0x8eba98f4) out of 5 stars Globesby Sylvia Sumira 26 April 2014
By cally - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
An absolutely beautiful and thoughtfully written history of globes. The photography is stunning and the history is well presented and in a manner that makes this book an absolute must for any collector or just a plain old history buff! You will not be disappointed in the least with this marvelous book. My daughter gave this to me as a birthday present and I can honestly say it is one of the best presents I have ever received!
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HASH(0x8eba9948) out of 5 stars Nice reviews 5 May 2014
By Co van Angelen - Published on Amazon.com
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Although it's far from a scientific work, the book shows a number of globes with brief history,
for gobal interest it;s a nice work.
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HASH(0x8eba9c24) out of 5 stars A must for globe enthusiasts 14 July 2014
By Kyle Lambalzer - Published on Amazon.com
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A great text for anybody who loves globes, geography, or mapmaking history, many full color photographs, an expert study of the history of the globe!
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HASH(0x8eba9b1c) out of 5 stars A good tutorial of globe-making 28 Jun. 2014
By Jim Siebold - Published on Amazon.com
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A very well written discussion of historic globes and the process of globe-making.
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Christmas present for my husband - he found it fascinating.
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