A stunning book about the history of a truly beautiful object, Bellerby's exquisite volume is a fitting tribute to the art and craft of creating bespoke globes.
Peter Bellerby is the founder of Bellerby & Co. Globemakers, the world's only truly bespoke makers of globes. His team of skilled craftspeople make exquisite terrestrial, celestial and planetary globes for customers around the world.
The story began after his attempt to find a special globe for his father's 80th birthday. Failing to find anything suitable, he decided to make one himself which took him on an extraordinary journey of rediscovering this forgotten craft. The chapters of The Globemakers take us through the journey of how to build a globe, or 'earth apples' as they were first known, and includes fascinating vignettes on history, art history, astronomy and physics, as well as the day-to-day craftsmanship at the workshop itself. This beautiful book uses illustration, photography and narrative to tell the story of our globe and many different globes it has inspired.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 265 x 180 mm
'A book as beautiful as the craft it describes, The Globemakers is an inspirational story of a craftsman’s dogged pursuit for perfection. It’s written with the intricacy of someone who can capture the fine details of our vast planet in something small enough to sit on your desk'
'The untold story of the globe, this book is a glorious spyhole into a forgotten art'
'Absolutely fascinating from beginning to end - an adventure like no other!'
'The Globemakers is a lovely object, beautifully conceived and skillfully executed. With its digressive text boxes, sketches and photographs, it encourages the reader to linger and explore. In that sense the rectangular book echoes the round object it chronicles…Globes are like other anachronisms that reflect the way things were: solid, durable, based on a knowable past instead of an uncertain future. A beautiful globe in a handsome library is the essence of romance. In this sense, it is right that a book should be the medium to commemorate Bellerby & Co’s unlikely success. Yet artisanship of this type does something else: It rewards a desire for tactile engagement in a digital era, when so much daily ephemera comes and goes with our hands never touching it. Mr. Bellerby captures this basic human impulse by reporting what many visitors to his studio request. After admiring a globe and then tentatively stepping closer, they often ask—to his delight—'May I spin it?’”
'Beautiful…Bellerby’s love of globes is contagious…Interspersed with Bellerby’s account of his progress are interesting factoids about the planet, the heavens, the need to update maps, the tilt of the earth, the role of the equator in both the earth and on globes, and many other tidbits'
'The Globemakers brings us inside Bellerby's gorgeous studio to learn how he and his team of cartographers and artists bring these stunning celestial, terrestrial, and planetary objects to life. Along the way he tells stories of his adventure and the luck along the way that shaped the company…an enlightening exploration of globes and their ability to show us ourselves and our place in an infinite universe…As fascinating as it is informative'
Behind the scenes with The Globemakers
We were thrilled to visit the studio of Bellerby and Co. Globemakers to speak with Peter Bellerby on how a birthday present for his dad turned into a new business. Featuring the incredible work of his artistic team, discover more in the beautiful book