Auction 137, Lot 75

Magnificent 19th Century Cary Brothers Globe

"Cary’s New Terrestrial Globe Delineated from the Best Authorities…", Cary, John

Subject: Globes

Period: 1800 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

17 x 18 inches
43.2 x 45.7 cm

This is a stunning 12" terrestrial globe produced by the famous Cary brothers in the early 19th century. The globe is supported by a full graduated brass meridian and has a very ornate and detailed horzon ring that shows compass directions, days and months of the year, zodiac signs and degrees of amplitude and azimuth. It is raised on a mahagony stand with four turned legs joined by a stretcher. The globe is composed of 12 hand colored gores in shades of olive and cream. Complete with brass hour ring at the North Pole and a large analemma in the Pacific Ocean. Total height is 18 inches.

The globe shows excellent detail of the voyages of many famous navigators including Cook, Vancouver and La Perouse. Geographically, in North America the United States is confined to east of the Mississippi River and the west shows very little detail. The southern half of Africa is shown as "Unknown Parts".

A circular tile cartouche reads "Cary's/New/Terrestrial Globe/Delineated/From the best Authorities extant;/Exhibiting the Tracks of/Captain Cook,/and the New Discoveries made by him/ and other Circumnavigators./London." The Baltimore distributor’s imprint, pasted over Cary’s imprint, at bottom of cartouche is no longer legible. John Cary and his brother, William were regarded as the finest English globe makers of the late Georgian period.

References: van der Krogt p. 79, Cary #3.

Condition: B+

This beautiful example has benefited from professional restoration. There are some repaired cracks, with the most significant being in South America and through China and Japan, There is some scattered foxing and staining as is normal for a globe of its age. The base, meridian and horizon are in excellent condition.

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000

Sold for: $7,500

Closed on 9/14/2011