Gerard Mercator is a Renaissance era cartographer and creator of a new type of map projection, which is still in use today. This globe is a reproduction of his globe from 1541. This example is particularly interesting because it contains some unique features which set it apart from other globes, such as the inclusion of rhumb lines (paths along a compass bearing and useful for navigation), the circle of the ecliptic (path of the sun), and marks for a number of fixed stars.
This model is mounted on a bronze fixture atop an ebonized wood stand.
Height: 24 in.
Globe Diameter: 12 in.