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Terrestrial globe

Origin: England, London
Globe Diam: 9"; Stands: OH:8 1/2"; OW:11"; D.of rim:12 3/4"
Paper, papier mache, ink, brass, and mahogany.
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1967-253,A
Spherical terrestrial globe covered with paper and lacquered; pivoted inside brass disc, marked on one side with degrees of compass; mahogany stand with flat, circular rim molded on outside edge; hand-colored paper disc, engraved with signs of the zodiac, months of year, compass points and several scales, pasted on rim and lacquered; rim supported on four baluster-and-urn turned legs terminating in spade feet; two baluster stretchers cross at center; brass catch to hold globe in place bolted through block where stretchers meet; hand-lettered paper disc with instructions written on one side and Roman numerals on top side fits over rim on terrestrial globe stand.

Survives with matching celestial globe and case.
Label:Globes showing the position of the stars have been used for more than 2,500 years, while those illustrating the earth, its continents, and oceans have been known only since the late fifteenth century. By the eighteenth century pairs of terrestrial and celestial globes such as this were often found in the libraries of well-to-do gentlemen.

William Bardin was a leading London globemaker during the late eighteenth century.
Provenance:Stanley J. Pratt, London, England
Inscription(s):Cartouche: "A New, Accurate, and Compleat TERRESTRIAL GLOBE, Accompanying the GEOGRAPHICAL MAGAZINE, originally laid down by Mr. JAMES FERGUSON, F.R.S. Improv'd by G. WRIGHT, and Made by W. BARDIN, FLEET STREET, LONDON."; beneath cartouche: "Published as the Act directs by Harrison & Co. No. 18, Paternoster row, Augt 1st 1783." Inscription around South Pole: "Published by A. Bright & W. Bardin Jany, 1st, 1782"; Inscription on underside of paper disc: "This Circle is to be placed on the Horizon of the Terrestrial Globe, and made to coincide with the Equator by bringing one of the poles to the Zenith.--Then, bring the Meridian of any given Place to the Hour of the Day at that Place, and it will be seen by Inspection what Hour it is then in all other Parts of the World.--The Inner Circle of hours must be used with the North Pole, and the Outer Circle with the South Pole, in the Zenith. N.B. The Size of the Circle is adapted to the Globe belonging to Martyn's Geographical Magazine. If the Circle is applied in the same manner to the Celestial Globe, and the Sun's Place brought to the Meridian, the Times of all the Stars coming to the Meridian will be evident by Inspection."