THE TERRESTRIAL GLOBE
The terrestrial globe is a scale model of the Earth as perceived and calculated by Gerardus Mercator in the first half of the 16th century. Its content was inspired by the writings of Ptolemy and the accounts of great explorers’ voyages. The sphere is covered by gores that were printed from the plates engraved by Mercator in Leuven in 1541. The globe was dedicated to his friend Nicolas Perrenot, lord of Granvelle, an influential adviser and chancellor in the court of Charles V.