The VU trusted Picturae to transport the valuable globes to the facility in Heiloo in The Netherlands. The globes were then digitised by so-called roundshots, at which the globe turns 360 degrees while photographing. Picturae digitised the entire collection globes with this method.
Moreover, Picturae photographed a number of globes from three angles and therefore the object is shown from every corner in the image bank of the University Library of the VU. Alongside the globes we have scanned a part of the map collection of the VU, as well as digitised several scroll maps.
The special and historical collections of the VU University Library contains hand writings and printed matter until 1901 plus a number of more recent editions. The map collection includes many large maps, atlases and globes (like the Globe Céleste from the famous cartographer Joan Blaeu).
The image bank also contains fragments of manuscripts, photos from the archive of the Dutch photographer Kuyper, a letter collection, several astonishing clay tablets from the Near and Middle-East, which can be seen at full size, and a comprehensive collection engraved portraits.
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