I just purchased this book, which is very neat. I bet I’m the first kid on my block with such a publication:
Sotheby’s Vincenzo Maria Coronelli. I Globi Terrestre e Cele
This is a fine softcover copy with no wear at all. Completely clean inside and out. This is a sale catalog for an auction held at Sotheby’s Milan on December 13, 2005. Sales code: M1258 “VINCENZO”. Text in English and Italian. The sale consisted of 1 lot: a magnificent pair of globes by Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (1650-1718). Illustrated in color. 11″ high x 8″ wide. 47 pages.
Of the many valuable points in the book, here is one about the material:
One problem was relative to the quality of the paper and the other one to the actual segments. The paper had to have a particular elastic and resistant quality that was to be important as much for the printer as for the craftsman who had to carry out the sticking down of the “map”. the faultless adapting of the flat segment upon the spherical one depended on the amount of “extendibility” of the paper in the two orthogonal directions of the laid lines (the ruling that can be seen in ancient maps).