world globe honors Sebastian Cabot, the Italian cartographer and explorer for
whom, unfortunately, little can be verified. He is believed to have lived
from around 1484-1557. It is substantiated that he led a voyage in 1527 to
reach the Moluccas in Indonesia, but instead spent him time exploring the River Plate.
Cabot's own accounts of his journeys have all been lost, and all that remains of
his work is a map drawn in 1544 that is preserved in the Bibliothèque National
de France in Paris.
The Cabot globe is
available with either the Coronelli* globe ball (seen here) or Waldseemüller
ball (smaller image). Its Early American style design features a rich look obtained from
its fine hand-tuned hardwood base and post, along with a hardwood semi-meridian.
- Antique specialty map
born in Venice in 1650, was a highly regarded Italian
cartographer. His construction of two globes for the Duke of Parma earned him an
invitation to Paris, where a pair of globes built for
King Louis XIV
were of such a grand scale that they were constructed
with trap doors so craftsmen could enter and work from inside. As Royal
Cartographer, he was granted access to the latest documentation sent from the
colonies to the French Academy of Sciences.