The International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes
Vincenzo Coronelli Erdglobus Ø 110 cm
(Wien, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek)
Three hundred years ago Fr. Vincenzo Coronelli was making globes of all sizes, from the very large to the very small. He was also founder of the "Academia Cosmografica degli Argonauti", the first geographical society in the world. His name is to live on in the "International Coronelli Society for the Study of Globes" (formerly "Coronelli World League of Friends of the Globe".
The Society's Goal
The International Coronelli Society (founded 1952) is devoted to the scientific investigation of questions relating to old and antique terrestrial and celestial globes, armillary spheres and planetaria, and the publication of the results of these investigations. Included in its activities are matters such as the drawing up of inventories, conservation and restoration work, research into the producers, and questions related to the use, of globes. Peripheral subjects - for example, old instruments used in the production of globe maps, are also dealt with. In the journal Der Globusfreund (which includes material in German and English) fifty six numbers have appeared so far, and eleven symposia, attended by experts and people interested in the subject from many countries, have so far been held. The Coronelli Society is the only one of its kind and one of the oldest societies in the field of the history of cartography.