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Auction 146, Lot 73

Magnificent Early Cary Brothers Globe

"[12 Inch Globe] Cary’s New Terrestrial Globe Delineated from the Best Authorities…", Cary, John

Subject: Globes

Period: 1800 (circa)


Color: Hand Color

17 x 24 inches
43.2 x 61 cm
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This is a stunning 12" terrestrial globe produced by the famous Cary brothers at the beginning of 19th century. The globe is supported by a full graduated brass meridian and has a very ornate and detailed horizon ring that shows compass directions, days and months of the year, zodiac signs, and degrees of amplitude and azimuth. It is raised on a mahogany stand with three legs. 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 24 inches.

The globe shows excellent detail of the voyages of many famous navigators including Cook, Vancouver, La Perouse and Pickergill. 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 labeled as "Unknown Parts".

A circular title 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 distributor's imprint, R. Spear of Dublin, replaces that of Cary at the bottom of the cartouche. John Cary and his brother, William, were regarded as the finest English globe makers of the late Georgian period.

References: Van der Krogt (Globes) p. 79, Cary #3.

Condition: B

This beautiful globe with original color has benefited from professional restoration. It has been revarnished and shows the typical scattered foxing and staining which is typical for a globe this age. Some of the foxing has been covered with touch-ups of light green paint, especially in the oceans. There is a small 1" crack near the North Pole below the hour ring and a 1" x 2" chip in the horizon ring that has been repaired. The wooden base is generally good with a few repaired cracks just above the legs, with one of the legs having a repaired fracture.

Estimate: $10,000 - $12,000


Closed on 9/4/2013