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Hunt-Lenox Globe Softcover Notebook

  • $24.95


This handsome softcover notebook is covered with an image taken from the Hunt-Lenox Globe, one of the greatest treasures in The New York Public Library.  A hollow copper orb, just 112 millimeters in diameter, this striking terrestrial globe dates to approximately 1510. The Hunt-Lenox Globe is unique in that it is one of only two known instances of a historical map using the phrase “HC SV NT DRACONES” (“here be dragons”).

The notebook is beautifully detailed, with a ribbon marker and a curved memento pocket incorporated into the back cover.  Historical and credit information is detailed in each endpaper of the notebook.

The notebook contains 176 lined pages. The paper is acid-free FSC-certified. The notebook is Symth sewn, the highest-quality binding available. Smyth sewn refers to a classic style of bookbinding in which the signatures are sewn together and further reinforced with adhesive and fabric backing.

The Hunt-Lenox Globe is recognized as one of the oldest terrestrial globes, and the oldest to depict the Americas. Purchased “for a song” in Paris in 1855 by American architect Richard Morris Hunt, it was at first seen as a mere novelty. It wasn’t until bookdealer Henry Stevens noted its significance that Hunt donated the globe to the Lenox Library – James Lenox’s vast collection of paintings, books and other artifacts – for which he was the chief architect. Today, the globe is a part of The New York Public Library’s Rare Book Division and is featured in the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library Treasures.

7" × 9" • 176 lined pages


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