Globes are known from antiquity but their modern development in the west dates from the 15th
century. The study of geographical and astronomical globes involves those interested in the
histories of science, geography and astronomy. Early globes are widely scattered, with some
preserved in museums and galleries but many remaining in historic houses. Commercially, they
are more likely to be treated as furniture or scientific instruments than as cartographic
Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library:
The Globenmuseum in Vienna, the only one of
its kind, has a notable collection of globes. In December 2005 it moved into new premises, in Palais Mollard.
For further notes and illustrations see a page from Travel Adventures.
There is also a 72-page printed guide by Jan Mokre, The Globe Museum of the Austrian National Library
(Vienna, Bibliophile Edition, 2005).
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich:
See Globes - search for 'globe', for details from some of the NMM's 400 globes (which range from 1537 to the
present day), with accompanying descriptions.
Tom Lamb and Jeremy Collins, The World in Your Hands - An
Exhibition of Globes and Planetaria (Christie's, London: 1995)
Edward Luther Stevenson, Terrestrial and Celestial Globes (Mansfield Centre,
Connecticut: Martino Fine Books, 1998 - reprint of the 1921, two-volume work).
Peter van der Krogt, Old Globes in the Netherlands
Utrecht: (HES Publishers, 1984)
Peter van der Krogt, Globi Neerlandici: The Production of
Globes in the Low Countries (Utrecht: HES Publishers, 1993). [The English abstract of this 1989 doctoral dissertation provides an excellent introduction to the subject.]
American Globe Preservation Society (established in 2010, based in Lynchburg, Virginia, the
location of Omniterrum: The Globe Museum, which they sponsor, and 'committed to conserving the
history of American globe-making'; issues an online Newsletter.