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Auction 109, Lot 69

"[12 inch Low Floor Globe] Newton's New & Improved Celestial Globe", Newton, J. & Sons

Subject: Celestial Globe

Period: 1860 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

12 x 12 inches
30.5 x 30.5 cm

Twelve-inch low floor celestial globe with 24 copper engraved and hand colored gores surmounted by brass hour disc at the North Pole. Full bronze meridian. Raised on a mahogany stand with four support arms and three carved legs. Overall approximately 25" tall. The horizon features a hand colored engraved paper ring showing degrees of amplitude and azimuth, compass directions, days and months of the year, and the names of the signs of the zodiac. This globe, although later than the previous lot, has a matching base.

Full rectangular cartouche reads: "NEWTONS'/ NEW & IMPROVED/ CELESTIAL GLOBE/ On which all the stars, Nebulae & Clusters contained/ in the extensive Catalogue of the late F. Wollaston F.R.S./ are accurately laid down, their Right Ascensions & Declina.tns/ having been recalculated for the Year 1840, by W. Newton./ Manufactured by NEWTON & SON 66 Chancery Lane./ and 3 Fleet St. Temple Bar/ London, Published Jan. 1 1860."


Condition: A

The engraved image is detailed and quite bright and the majority of the surface is in lovely condition. One small (1/2") puncture hole at bottom 1" from shaft. Horizontal paper band is toned, principally from browning of lacquer.

Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000

Sold for: $3,000

Closed on 12/1/2004