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Globes with the name of the Guillaume De L'Isle

On display in the Maritime Museum Piran are also two globes with the name of the well-known French astronomer and globe maker Guillaume De L'Isle (now Delisle; Paris, 1675–1726) printed on their bases. In 1700, he published a general map of the world, maps of different parts of Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as the celestial and terrestrial globes of the world, on which he radically corrected the image of the world. He invented Delisle’s equidistant conic projection (as known today), which is currently largely used in the making of maps. 


According to the printed inscription on it,  the Earth Globe was made after observations by most credible, modern authors and after most recent memories of experienced merchants and mariners, for it shows the globe with the forms of  Earth's surface together with their thorough descriptions. All continents are already depicted, including New Zealand with the year 1765. The globe is bilingual: French-Italian. The Celestial Globe exhibits a seemingly celestial globe with the arrangement of celestial bodies. It displays the solar system, constellations, stars, Moon and celestial signs. According to the printed wording on the globe, it was made on the basis of the latest observations by the most celebrated astronomers of those times. The globes have a diameter of 30 cm. Even though they were made after Delisle’s death, it is an indisputable fact that Delisle’s name is stated on them and that they are great rarities and of great value at the same time.