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please upload its image if possible. i shall be really grateful if someone can even give me a link so that i can see its image.
I've uploaded an image that I shot last year. I hope this helps! Ossiostborn
Meaning of Erdapfel
As a student of linguistics and German who has been living in Germany for a year or so, I find the translation here to be a little inaccurate. Literally Erdapfel means earth-apple (Erde = earth, Apfel = apple). However, the word Erdapfel actually referrs to a potato (Kartoffel in High German) in many dialects of German. Can anyone back up that this is perhaps what is really meant? Guypersonson 05:57, 17 July 2007 (UTC)
I think it makes more sense that Behaim meant Earth Apple rather than potato, potatoes were not known in Europe until after the Columbian Interchange. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Btwoodf (talk • contribs) 16:39, 22 October 2009 (UTC)
- The German discussion page explicitly states that the name is a coincidence and not supposed to mean "potato". I'll remove that. Catskineater (talk) 01:55, 17 June 2010 (UTC)
Metal vs. Wood
The German Wikipedia states that the Erdapfel is made of wood.
The page http://188.8.131.52/hornemann/german/1215.php, which deals with globe restoration, claims that older globes were made of metal, and since Behaim's globe, all globes were made of paper, cardboard, parchment, and wood:
- Ältere Himmelsgloben waren meist aus Metall. Seit Behaims „Erdapfel“ von 1492, einem Manuskriptglobus auf Pergament, sind Globen aus Papier, Pappe, Pergament und Holz.