The celestial globe is a three-dimensional map of the stars, and has been used since classical times. The stars were thought to sit on the surface of a giant sphere around the Earth, and the constant movement of the stars every night and throughout the year seemed to be caused by this giant sphere slowly turning overhead. Just like a terrestrial globe, the celestial sphere is mapped by a North and South Pole, an Equator, and lines of longitude and latitude.
This celestial globe by Johann Schöner, c.1534 is one of only two known examples of the earliest surviving printed celestial globe. Johann Schöner was one of the leading astronomers of Europe in the early decades of the 16th century. He edited treatises left unpublished by Regiomontanus and his printing press produced maps as well as the gores for his globes, printed from woodcuts. He made his first pair of globes – terrestrial and celestial – in 1515, and Schöner was the first person to issue globes of the same size as pairs.
Almost 500 years later…. and they still look great in pairs. Our Terrestrial globes can be custom ordered to any colour combinations or choose from one of our favourites: Turquoise, Cool Blue and Olive, all painted and glossed by hand. The Celestial Black globe depicts the stunning night sky and all 88 constellations and was drawn up by a local London illustrator.