Celestial Navigation

Francis Barker & Son / Herbert Edward Purey-Cust - 'Celestial Navigation Glove' (c.1895)

Astronomical details on the sphere show stars represented by dots of various sizes and marked by their Bayer notation. A magnitude table is lacking. The constellations are represented by contour areas and some of the stars are connected by lines. A total of 19 stars and one star group are named. There are areas with names of the 48 Ptolemaic constellations and two non-Ptolemaic constellations. Nine of the southern constellations of Plancius are represented, as are two of Hevelius and three of Lacaille. The inventor of this celestial globe, Herbert Edward Purey-Cust (1857-1938) was a Royal Naval officer who was Hydrographer of the Navy from 1909 until 1914, when he retired. He became a Rear-Admiral in 1910 and an Admiral on the retired list in 1919. The instrument was used in conjunction with a star chart he published in 1897. For full details about the cartography and construction of this globe please refer to the related publication.
From the Royal Maritime Collection website here - http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/19736.html#RbT4VErPqjUKA2pV.99

Joseph Cornell - 'Celestial Navigation' (c.1958)


The box retains the typology used in 1936, with a cork ball rolling along the upper part and little cups containing glass marbles, in allusion to the planets and the invisible forces and energies holding them. The objects are in front of two manipulated sky maps; cartography that Cornell has used to construct a poetic background connected to the idea of childhood games and experimentation, in order to build upon the Surrealist proposals and explore connections between the world of science, and the world of the spirit.

Carmen Fernández Aparicio

From the Reina Sofia website here