Auction 110, Lot 61

"World Globe", Anon.

Subject: Globes

Period: 1890 (circa)


Color: Printed Color

6 x 6 inches
15.2 x 15.2 cm

This world globe traces the circumnavigation of the earth in 1889 by Elizabeth Bisland as she competed in a race around the world that took 76 days. As a publicity stunt, rival publishers sent three female journalists on an around-the-world race. Nellie Bly of Pulitzer and Elizabeth Bisland of Cosmopolitan, along with lesser known Katherine Green, agreed to the race. Bly won the race in 72 days, with Bisland's westward course taking four days longer. This globe shows only Bisland's route in a bold line stretching around the world, indicating it was likely published or commissioned by Cosmopolitan to commemorate Bisland's historic, if not winning, race around the world. The race is said to have helped launch the Feminist movement. A most unusual and historical globe. Mounted on original bent wire pivot mount.


Condition: B

Surface rubbed in some areas. Loss of paper over England and another area in central Africa.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $170

Closed on 3/2/2005