Days of Yore
Museum acquires 412-year-old globe
AMSTERDAM _ The National Maritime Museum has acquired a small but rare globe. Made in 1601 by Jodocus Hondius, it has a diameter of only 23 cm and is one of the first to show the skies over the southern hemisphere.
It’s believed only 5 such globes still exist. Henk Dessens, the museum’s head of collections: “It is a unique addition, especially because the globe is still in a very good condition.” It was made after a reconnaissance fleet returned from Asia in 1597. New stars that Cartographer Petrus Plancius had grouped into constellations were for the first time engraved on a globe by Hondius. Sky and earth globes were made in pairs then and not for the benefit of just scientists. They were used on ships for navigational purposes