Diameter (globe): 15 in. (38.1 cm) Overall (with stand): 43 in. (109.2 cm)
Inscribed: "Regions of the Terrestrial globe handed down by ancients, or discovered in our memory or that of our fathers. Delineated by Euphrosynus Ulpius, 1542"
Copper globe on stand. Copies much of Verrazano's map of 1529 and credits him with the discovery of territory around New York City in 1524.
Ulpius's terrestrial globe, made in Rome in 1542, indicates the exploration of the New York region by Giovanni de Verrazano. The globe was found by the diplomat and historian Buckingham Smith (1810-1871) in Madrid in 1859 and may be the one described by Hakluyt as "an olde excellent globe in the Queen's privie gallery at Westminster which seemeth to be of Verarsanus Makinge."
"The Globe of Euphrosynus Ulpius, 1542," The Historical Magazine, and Notes and Queries Concerning Antiquities... (July 1862), p. 203. Buckingham Smith, "An inquiry into the authenticity of documents concerning a discovery in North America claimed to have been made by Verrazzano: read before the New-York Historical Society (NY: Printed by J.F. Trow, 1864). Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. 134-136
Gift of John David Wolfe
Acquired by Buckingham Smith (1810-1871) in Madrid in 1859; purchased from his estate by John David Wolfe (1792-1872) in 1871; donated to N-YHS in 1872.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.