Verrazzano Globe

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Robertus de Bailly
active 1530
Dieppe, 1530.
Gilded copper.
diameter: 5 1/4 inches (133 mm)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1912.
Signed and dated, "Robertus de Bailly 1530".
Ludwig Rosenthal; from whom purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1912; given to the Morgan Library by his estate, 1943.

One of the earliest dated globes, this gilded sphere depicts the world as known from the explorations of Giovanni da Verrazzano (1485-1528), who journeyed to the New World in 1524. He sailed along the coast from South Carolina to Newfoundland, becoming the first European since the Norse colonizers of ca. 1000 to visit New York and Narragansett Bay. The globe, executed by sculptor Robertus de Bailly in 1530, was based on a 1529 map by Verrazzano's brother, Gerolamo. Like the map, it identifies the newly charted North American continent as Verrazana.
America bears the name "America" and "Mondus Novus," and is divided into 4 parts: North, Central and South America, and the Archipelago.
The following names of American towns, rivers, etc., occur: Terra Laboratoris, Bachaliao, VERRAZANA, Laelopida, R. S. Spy, R. D. Palma, P. Disavio, R. Gpao, Cannibales, Terra sacecrvis, R. Real, R. Brazil, Tanacnoi, S. Michaelis, Tenvtista, Colva cana, R. D. Crisai; R. D. Gra, C. Frio, Barossa, Ms. Pasqva, R. Jovrda, Terra Magellani, Canano, S. Julia, Parias, Vrabe, Oabaiba, R. Formo, Angia, R. Dvlce, Co. Crvi, Catticora, Yvcatas, Cvba, Spagnola, S. Joha. The Continent lying opposite the southern point of America is called BRASILIE REGIO. Result of Verrazzano's travels are marked by TERRA VERRAZZANA.
Dr. E.L. Stevenson states that this is "one of the finest metal globes of the period." It is one of the two earliest dated globes known; the other is said by Harrisse to be at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.