Globes are almost magical when their spherical shapes are in your hands. They are also practical in showing spatial relations among all landforms on the Moon. And with a globe the feature of interest is never on the edges of different map sheets! Thanks to manufacturers/vendors for use of globe images! Please email me information about any lunar globes - or hemispheres - that you know of which are not mentioned here. Thanks!
1661 Christopher Wren - First lunar globe. In 1661, Wren created a lunar globe for Charles II. The globe is described as ”being made of paseboard, molded in relief and painter with a scale in miles, and which bore the courtly, contrived inscription: “To Charles the Second, King of Britain, France and Scotland, for whom Dr. Christopher Wren has created the new world of this Selenosphere, because, for one of His magnitude, “one [world] is not enough”.”
The globe is long lost but it is shown in a painting of Wren that hangs in the Sheldonian Theater at Oxford. The globe is described on p 180-183 of Lisa Jardine’s book, On a Grander Scale: The
Outstanding Life of Sir Christopher Wren that is partially online.
1797 John Russell - Magnificent 300 mm diameter globe with brass circles. Globe moves to illustrate librations.
1839: Wilhelmine Witte (1777-1854) produced a globe in two hemispheres based on Madler’s map. Madler showed the globe to Alexander Humboldt and Sir John Herschel and the globe was later donated to Kestner Museum in Hanover. Madler married Frau Witte’s daughter too! For a humorous, and presumably fictional account of Madler and Frau Witte’s globe read this.
1880s? Flammarion and Gaudibert - Moon Globe
1960s University of Arizona, Tucson - Two hemispheres (one in front of the museum and one inside), ~ 5 ft diameter.
1960s Hastings, Nebraska - Globe entrance to planetarium
1963 Replogle - 8″ globe
1969 Rand McNally - 14″ high
1969 George Philip and Son - Moon Globe
1970s Atlas Globe This 15 cm globe has no identification marks except the name Atlas. Here is more info.
2004 Columbus Globe - Lunar Globe made in Germany, 26 cm diameter. Available 98 British Pounds.
2007? Chinese Globe - 100 cm in circumference, based on USGS mapping. More info.