Terrestrial Globe by Newton – circa 1836
exceptional 12” terrestrial globe showing extensive descriptive
detail, and a brass circle meridian.
The globe is mounted on a mahogany stand with paper horizon ring
showing Zodiac signs, days and months of the year, and graduated scales
of degrees for amplitude and azimuth.
The analemma is titled, “an improved analemma showing the
sun’s declination and place in the Zodiac for every day in the
year.” A graduated
meridian marked as “longitude from 30 London west” runs through
Greenland. The ecliptic is
graduated and marked with signs of the Zodiac.
Numerous routes of nautical exploration are indicated, including
those of Capt. Ross of 1818, Capt. Biscoe of 1830, Capt. Clerke in the
Pacific, and an area near the Sandwich Islands with mention that
“Capt. Cook was killed by the natives 14 Feb 1779”.
America is fully illustrated with the locations of many Indian
tribes, such as the Snake, Pawnee, and Sioux.
Australia indicated as New Holland, with Van Diemen’s Land.
Very little shows for the Antartic, except for Enderby’s Land
discovered in 1831. The
cartouche reads, “Newton’s new and improved terrestrial globe
containing every recent discovery to the present time.
Sold by J. King, Optician, Claire Street, Bristol.
London, Published Jan. 1st 1836.”
The globe is in excellent condition, noting overall small, very
professional and neatly drawn repairs, and some age spotting and
discoloration. In sum, this is an important terrestrial globe with
comprehensive written detail and mellow tones of ochre and green
yielding a display of exceptional quality.