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Auction 135, Lot 56

"Newton's New and Improved Celestial Globe…", Newton, J. & Sons

Subject: 9-Inch Celestial Desk Globe

Period: 1860 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

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This beautiful 9-inch celestial globe is composed of twelve paper gores and polar caps. Raised on a mahogany turned dish base and central baluster with calibrated brass half meridian. The globe has brass bearing pins in both poles that fit into matching holes in meridian. Rectangular title cartouche with decorative border reads "NEWTON'S/ NEW AND IMPROVED/ CELESTIAL GLOBE/ On which all the Stars taken/ from all the Best Authorities are recalculated/ and documentarily laid down/ Manufactured by NEWTON & SON/ Chancery Lane & 3 Fleet St. Temple Bar/ London Published June, * 1860." Curiously, the day of the month appears as a star rather than a number. A small legend provides the star magnitudes above Pegasus. The globe measures 28.5" in circumference. The globe is hand colored in the firmament with the constellations left uncolored. An exceptional example of this globe.


Condition: A

Near fine example with no flaws save a little darkening or light staining at the poles.

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Sold for: $3,250

Closed on 2/16/2011