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Object Name: Terrestrial globe
Date: 1542
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Medium: Copper, wood
Dimensions: Overall (with stand): 43 in. (109.2 cm) Part (globe diam.): 15 in. (38.1 cm)
Place made: Europe, Italy, Rome
Description: Copper globe on stand. Copies much of Verrazano's map of 1529 and credits him with the discovery of territory around New York City in 1524.
Credit Line: Gift of John David Wolfe
Object Number: 1872.22
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Marks: Engraved on lower portion of globe: "Regions of the Terrestrial globe handed down by ancients, or discovered in our memory or that of our fathers. Delineated by Euphrosynus Ulpius, 1542"; dedication engraved in the present-day Indian Ocean: "Marcellus Cervino / S. R. E. Presbitero / Cardinali D. D. Romae."

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Ulpius's terrestrial globe, made in Rome in 1542, indicates the exploration of the New York region by Giovanni de Verrazano. The globe was found by the diplomat and historian Buckingham Smith (1810-1871) in Madrid in 1859 and may be the one described by Hakluyt as "an olde excellent globe in the Queen's privie gallery at Westminster which seemeth to be of Verarsanus Makinge."


Acquired by Buckingham Smith (1810-1871) in Madrid in 1859; purchased from his estate by John David Wolfe (1792-1872) in 1871; donated to N-YHS in 1872.


Smith, Buckingham. An inquiry into the authenticity of documents concerning a discovery in North America claimed to have been made by Verrazzano: read before the New-York Historical Society. New York: Printed by J.F. Trow, 1864.


"The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle and Achievement," New-York Historical Society, October 11, 1999–February 20, 2000.

"Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margarita van Varick," Bard Graduate Center, New York, NY, September 18, 2009–January 24, 2010.