A Concise Introduction to the Knowledge of the Globes

 “A Concise Introduction to the Knowledge of the Globes”  by Thomas Molineux.  This book is the “fourth edition improved”, and was printed in 1805 for W. Lowndes 38 Bedford Street, London.  As stated on the frontice piece the book “containing a selection of the most instructive problems with a Variety of Examples and Questions for the Improvement of the Learner, besides a Series of Exercises comprehending an Epitome of Modern Geography.”   The 'globes' referred to in the title of the book were model terrestrial and celestial globes which would undoubtedly have been supplied with the book and are described at page 1 of the text. The 'most convenient' size was said to be 12 inches in diameter and sold for 3 guineas 'in the common manner', while the upmarket model had 'neat mahogany claw-feet frames' and sold for 5 guineas! Other globe sizes were 3, 9, 17 & 28 inches in diameter.Frontispiece engraving of an armillary sphere, a second engraving of  “A Geographical Clock” with rotating volvelle present.   Measuring 6.25" x 4", the covers are full calf, with contemporary boards and later spine and end papers.  This is a particularly fine copy of a rare title relating to the history of globes.

Item 4020

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