View Full Version : If you have a spare 12,000 knocking around

01-28-2013, 07:59 AM
Why not buy one of these beautiful globes at the upcoming Bonhams auction?

Go to page 176 in the Catalogue below:

Bonhams 1793 : Gentleman's Library Sale


01-28-2013, 09:04 AM
put me down for 6

they are very lovely and when I win the lottery they will look great in my castle, until then, sigh

01-31-2013, 05:07 PM
lovely! i always wondered why even new globes are so damned expensive. are they really that difficult to make?

01-31-2013, 10:30 PM
How It's Made: Globe : Video : Science Channel (http://science.discovery.com/tv-shows/how-its-made/videos/how-its-made-globe.htm) shows how one manufacturer does it for one line of globes (I think it's been shown here before). Making a single globe is relatively painstaking work. As the globes get larger, the support structure gets harder and the globes have to e made of comparatively tougher stuff.

See also http://www.cartographersguild.com/mapmaking-requests-archive/2109-blank-globe.html and http://www.cartographersguild.com/regional-world-mapping/4215-building-3d-world-globe.html for more information on making globes.

If you'd like a multi-function globe for decorating your home, http://www.amazon.com/Sixteenth-Century-Italian-Replica-Globe-Bar/dp/B001MA1W8G shows one sort of thing that you can get. I find it amusing that it's approximately cheaper to get the bar than to get a real globe. My family used to have something like one of these back in the late 60's and it was interesting to look at and moderately sturdy.

Sir Wulf
02-09-2013, 02:29 AM
That makes me want to make an old-fashioned globe depicting some other world: Barsoom or Dunsany's Lands Beyond the Fields We Know...

02-09-2013, 02:32 AM
I have always wanted the globe of Arrakis described in Dune...the one spinning under the impetus of Baron Harkonnen's chubby hand.