Polo Australe. Meridionale, & Antartico.


Vincenzo Coronelli (1650 - 1718)

$A 1,850

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S/N: POL-1701-CORO–232310

Full Title:

Polo Australe. Meridionale, & Antartico.




Vincenzo Coronelli (1650 - 1718)


In good condition, with centre fold as issued.


Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

x 375mm

Paper Size: 

x 715mm


Rare gore of the South Pole by Vincenzo Coronelli with an elaborate cartouche and circular table of information. This gore completed the lower half of Coronelli’s massive globe and which all the other Australian related gores converged onto.

Coronelli a Franciscan priest and mathematician was also one of Italy’s most famous cartographers and globe-makers, having constructed a pair of enormous hand drawn globes for Louis XIV. These were over fifteen feet in diameter (4.5m) and large enough to hold up to thirty people via a special door. These handcrafted made to order globes, were only afforded by the wealthy, Coronelli consequently printed a set of twelve gores which first appeared in his book, Libro dei Globi (Book of Globes) in 1697. These twelve printed gores were then able to be made up to a smaller more affordable 1.1m in diameter, still a very large globe. 

The gore offered here is from his rare second edition of Coronelli’s major book of globes, Globi Differenti del P.Coronelli, published in 1701. In this work Coronelli used the original plates (1697). The gore is on watermarked paper consistent with paper he used in 1693-1696. Coronelli used the original plates of his 1692-1693 terrestrial globes, yet masked parts so they could fit into atlas form. For this reason this gore has visible plate marks on only three sides.


Brolsma, Clancy, Manning Mapping Antarctica p.274
NLA, Mapping our World, S.Helman, p.173-177, ill.p.177 (not in Tooley or Clancy)
Sumira, The Art & History of Globes, Item 19, pp.96-103




Vincenzo Coronelli (1650-1718)

Coronelli was a Franciscan friar, cosmographer and cartographer of atlases and globes, born, probably in Venice, August 16, 1650, the fifth child of a Venetian tailor named Maffio Coronelli. At ten, young Vincenzo was sent to the city of Ravenna and was apprenticed to a xylographer.  At the age of sixteen he published the first of his one hundred forty separate works. In 1671 he entered the Convent of Saint Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice, and in 1672 was sent by the order to the College of Saint Bonaventura and Saints Apostoli in Rome where he earned his doctor’s degree in theology in 1674. He excelled in the study of both astronomy and Euclid. A little before 1678, Coronelli began working as a geographer and was commissioned to make a set of terrestrial and celestial globes for Ranuccio II Farnese, Duke of Parma. Each finely crafted globe was five feet in diameter (c. 175 cm) and so impressed the Duke that he made Coronelli his theologian. Coronelli’s renown as a theologian grew and in 1699 he was appointed Father General of the Franciscan order.

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