Auction 103, Lot 67

"A Correct Globe with the New Discoveries", Anon.

Subject: Globe

Period: 1775-1785 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

9.8 x 9.8 inches
24.9 x 24.9 cm

A scarce and charming pocket globe, 2 3/4" diameter. The northwest coast of North America is truncated above California, labeled Parts Unknown, and Alaska appears as an elongated peninsula. The R. Longue stretches from the Mississippi to the Pacific. Cook's track of 1760 through the South Pacific is traced where Dimens Land is shown attached to Australia and New Zealand is fully formed. Papier-mâché construction with 12 copper-engraved paper gores, period varnish. Housed in a snakeskin-covered case lined with two sets of 12 celestial gores with the title "A Correct Globe with ye New Constelations of Dr. Halley &c." The Adams family, who were prominent globe and instrument makers active in the 18th century, may have made this globe. It is a re-engraved version of Herman Moll's 1710 pocket globe. Adams acquired part of Moll's stock in 1755.


Condition: B

Overall good condition. Chip at North Pole with 1/4" diameter loss of foundation plaster. Some minor crazing and surface abrasion of varnish. Slight raising of gores inside case. Case with vertical crack at hinge, extending 1" both top and bottom.

Estimate: $5,000 - $6,000


Closed on 6/11/2003