[ISHMap-List] 55 globes from the BnF collection have been digitized in 3D

Emmanuelle vagnon evagnon at yahoo.fr
Tue Mar 15 14:15:42 CET 2016

Dear all,

Thanks to a skills sponsorship fromthe Japanese firm Dai Nippon Printing Co., 55globes from the BnF collectionhave been digitized in 3D. It is the first time so many globes are digitizedin volume, and with such details : the precise shape of each object hasbeen scanned, and combined with a high definition texture. These globes can be accessed on Gallica,the BnF digital library, via dedicatedpages. It is possible to navigatethe globes -        bytheme(terrestrial, celestial, metallic globes),-        bycentury,-        bygeographicalorigin. Once you’ve selected the globe you wishto see, clicking the « 3D » button launches the viewer. The digitized itemcan be rotated in all directions, and zoomed in to discern details noteasily seen on the original globe. The Maps and plans department of theBnF keeps one of the world’s main ancient globes collections : more than100 terrestrial and celestial globes, dating from the 11th tothe 19th century, coming from European or Islamic countries.Among them, unique items from the 16th century, hand-writtenor etched on metal, exemplify the Great Discoveries era, like Waldseemüller’s'Green globe', the 1535 'Wooden globe' or the 'Globe of Rouen' (2nd halfof the 16th century). The Dutch Golden Age is also present, with globesfrom Blaeu, Hondius or Van Langren. The 18th century piecesshow more numerous globe-makers in France (Delisle, Bion, Delure, Baradelle,Nollet, Robert de Vaugondy, etc.) and across Europe, like Doppelmayr, Senex,Adams.The digitized selection also includes some items of the 19thcentury production (Delamarche, Dien, Thury, Kiepert, etc.) up until aremarkable 1896 Moon globe by Flammarion.Have a good time with these fascinatingspheres !
Catherine Hofmann
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Département des cartes et plans
Service dépôt légal et fonds patrimoniaux
5 rue Vivienne
75002 Paris
Tél : 01 53 79 83 59
Fax : 01 53 79 83 61
Mél. : catherine.hofmann at bnf.fr

Expositions :
Miquel Barceló. Sol y sombra - du 22 mars 2016 au 28 août 2016 - BnF - François-MitterrandAvant d'imprimer, pensez à l'environnement.

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