Teaching and Learning - 2
The patented Townsend’s Folding Globe, his second of this kind, lies flat for storage and comes in its own case with notes for the teacher and directions for use. To expand the globe, the user pulls the rings affixed to both poles. The globe pops up into a three-dimensional form and snaps into place like an umbrella.
Of the two atlases shown here, one is extraordinary: on display is a raised relief map of Maine in an atlas designed for use by the blind. Interestingly, the text that accompanies the maps is also raised relief, not Braille, although Braille was in limited use at that time. This is probably because braille was not widely used at that time. It appears that only fifty copies were produced, and this copy is one of four known to exist—with a few missing leaves.
The Hubner and Homann Atlas is a beautiful example of a school atlas. Produced in full color, it includes four celestial maps (not shown) that illustrate the systems of Ptolemy, Tycho Brahe, Copernicus, and Descartes. This atlas also demonstrates German cartographer and publisher Johann Baptist Homann’s prolific map making.