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Treasured 16th-Century 'Lenox Globe' Gets a Digital Makeover

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY, New York, January 14, 2015
Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer

In a dark room at the New York Public Library, a cartographer, a curator of rare books and a handful of scientists crowded around a camera ringed by colored lights. All eyes were trained on a small, copper sphere about the size of a grapefruit: the Lenox Globe, the oldest surviving globe to depict the New World.By imaging the globe from top to bottom and conducting a 3D scan of it, the researchers plan to provide a precise digital record of the object that will last for generations, giving scholars and members of the public a glimpse at what people knew about world geography in the early 1500s. Chet Van Duzer, a cartographer currently based at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., is leading the effort to image the ancient orb.

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Credit: Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library

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