Portraying the Earth and the Heavens as separate objects reflected a new relationship in which the Earth was no longer in a subordinate position but rather constituted a body in itself which could be thought about independently. These globes moreover made it possible to view the entire Earth and not just the oecumene.Patrick Gautier Dalché
While the Mercator globes should be considered as pioneering productions and as a model for series manufacturing until the commercial use of lithography in the mid-19th century, they were preceded by other works.
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- Sumira, S. (2014) Globes : 400 Years of exploration, navigation, and power, Chicago : University of Chicago Press.
- Gautier Dalché, P. (2010) « Avant Behaim : les globes terrestres au XVe siècle », in : Médiévales, N° 58, Humanisme et découvertes géographiques, pp. 43-61.