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Auction 143, Lot 79

"[12-inch Terrestrial Globe] Loring's Terrestrial Globe Containing all the Late Discoveries and Geographical Improvements, also the Tracks of the Most Celebrated Circumnavigators", Joslin, Gilman

Subject: Globes

Period: 1851 (dated)


Color: Hand Color

16 x 18 inches
40.6 x 45.7 cm
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This twelve inch globe is created with 12 copper-engraved and hand-colored gores. They are supported with a full bronze meridian and raised on a four leg maple stand with central supports. Overall the globes stand 18" tall. The horizon bands feature a colored 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.

The globe shows excellent detail of the voyages of famous navigators including Cook, Vancouver and La Perouse. Geographically, the southwestern border with Mexico reflects a pre-Gadsden Purchase configuration and the border with Canada is shown correctly at the 49th parallel. Outside of Oregon Territory, only Indian tribes, rivers, and a few place names are called out west of the Mississippi River. The Great Basin area is labeled Plains of Nuestra Sonora and De La Paz Desert. In Africa, the "Jibbel el Kumir or Mts. Of the Moon" are depicted. Floating in the Pacific are the circular title cartouche and a large analemma. The cartography was derived from Smith's New English Globe, with additions and improvements by Annin & Smith, and revised by Roswell Park. Manufactured in Boston by Gilman Joslin.

Gilman Joslin was one of America’s most prolific globe makers. He began his career as a wood turner and maker of looking glass mirrors. He later produced globes under the direction of Josiah Loring and acquired the business in 1839, first under Loring’s name and then under his own name.


Condition: B+

This beautiful globe has benefited from professional restoration. There are small impact areas that have been repaired near the Antarctic circle (1.5 x 1.5"), between Australia and New Guinea (1 x 2") and in China (1.75 x 0.75") with a tiny amount of image in facsimile. There is some cracking at top near the bearing pin that has also been expertly repaired, with some scattered foxing and staining as is normal for globes of this age. The stand and meridian are in excellent condition, and the stand is original with original finish, with the exception of one of the four crossbars. The horizon is very good with two professional repairs to the wooden base.

Estimate: $7,500 - $10,000

Sold for: $4,500

Closed on 2/13/2013