NYPL Hunt-Lenox Globe Pencil Case

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NYPL Hunt-Lenox Globe Pencil Case
NYPL Hunt-Lenox Globe Pencil Case

One of the greatest treasures in The New York Public Library’s collection is a hollow copper globe, just 112 mm in diameter.

This striking terrestrial globe dates to approximately 1510 and bears a strong resemblance to the Globus Jagellonicus housed at the Collegium Maius Museum in Krakow. What makes the Hunt-Lenox Globe unique is that it is one of only two known instances of a historical map using the phrase “HC SVNT DRACONES” (“here be dragons”).

The Hunt-Lenox Globe is recognized as one of the oldest terrestrial globes, and the oldest to depict the Americas. Purchased “for a song” in Paris in 1855 by American architect Richard Morris Hunt, it was at first seen as a mere novelty. It wasn’t until bookdealer Henry Stevens noted its significance that Hunt donated the globe to the Lenox Library – James Lenox’s vast collection of paintings, books and other artifacts – for which he was the chief architect.

Today, the globe is a part of The New York Public Library’s Rare Book Division.  

  • Within every pencil case is a smaller, removable box that can be used to store everything from paper clips and fountain pen nibs to earrings and other baubles.
  • No ordinary pencil cases, these eye-catching rectangular boxes are designed to hold favorite pens and pencils or even your finest jewelry. The lid flap folds around to create an open presentation case, displaying the treasures within. 
  • The wrap-around lid connects to hidden magnets embedded in the case, keeping your belongings secure even during travel. The well-crafted paper design is highly sturdy and always holds its shape.


Product: Pencil case

Materials: Threaded stitching and glue, as needed / Decorative printed cover paper

Dims: 8¾ x 2½ x 1¼

Item number: 7272-0

NYPL Hunt-Lenox Globe Pencil Case
NYPL Hunt-Lenox Globe Pencil Case