18-Inch Terrestrial Empire Style Floor Globe
W. & A.K. Johnston. Edinburgh & London: c. 1907-14
Johnston 18-Inch Terrestrial Empire Style Floor Globe Johnston 18-Inch Terrestrial Empire Style Floor Globe

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Johnston 18-Inch Terrestrial Empire Style Floor Globe detail Johnston 18-Inch Terrestrial Empire Style Floor Globe detail Johnston 18-Inch Terrestrial Empire Style Floor Globe detail
Johnston 18-Inch Terrestrial Empire Style Floor Globe detail Johnston 18-Inch Terrestrial Empire Style Floor Globe detail Johnston 18-Inch Terrestrial Empire Style Floor Globe detail
Johnston 18-Inch Terrestrial Empire Style Floor Globe detail Johnston 18-Inch Terrestrial Empire Style Floor Globe detail
Johnston 18-Inch Terrestrial Empire Style Floor Globe detail Johnston 18-Inch Terrestrial Empire Style Floor Globe detail
W. & A.K. Johnston, Ltd. (globe gores)
18-Inch Terrestrial Floor Globe
Edinburgh and London: c. 1907-14
Mahogany Empire style stand
46 inches high, 23.5 inches diameter, horizon band
Price on Request

An 18-inch globe with brass hour circles at north and south poles, in calibrated brass meridian, turning on a ball-bearing mechanism, with a horizon band with paper calendar and zodiac and decorated at the edge with repeating rectangular (modified Greek Key) design.  The horizon is raised on four quadrant supports turning on a pinion in a mahogany rectangular tapering central pillar with horizontal molding, supported by an incurved quadripartite plinth, above four scrolled feet ending in casters. 

The land masses are depicted with detailed cartography, colored in shades of yellow, pink, green, orange and purple, all faded.  Oceans are colored blue, which has yellowed with time.  Mean isothermal lines for January and July are colored respectively blue and red, ocean currents are shown with white wavy lines and arrows indicating warm or cold currents.  Submarine telegraph cables are indicated by hatched lines, and the International Date Line is in red.  Oklahoma is shown as a state, indicating a date after 1907, and St. Petersburg is shown indicating a date of 1914 or before.

The distinctive Empire style stand remained popular through the 1920s on globes manufactured by Johnston  in partnership with American school supply company, A.J. Nystrom.  In 1925, a similar Empire stand  was marketed as the "Superb Library Globe ... The finest piece of workmanship ever produced in the [Johnston] globe line [and] as essential in a library as a dictionary or encyclopedia." A.J. Nystrom & Co., 1925 Anniversary Catalog, C-25.

For more information about W. & A.K. Johnston, see our Guide to Globe Makers.

Overlabel Circular Cartouche Surmounted by Coat of Arms: 18 INCH/ TERRESTRIAL GLOBE,/ by/ W. & A. K. JOHNSTON,/ LIMITED/ Geographers, Engravers & Printers/ EDINBURGH/ and/ LONDON

Key Below Cartouche:

Railways shewn thus [dashed line]/ Submarine Telegraph Cables thus, …Black/ Mean Isothermal lines for January …Blue/ Mean Isothermal lines for July …Red / International Date Line [heavy red line]/ Warm Currents, Cold Currents [indicated by arrows]/ COPYRIGHT By W. & A. K. JOHNSTON LTD.

Condition: Globe generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear soiling.  Some scattered minor staining and spotting, few minor scratches and abrasions, all professionally restored.  Two sections of paper calendar on horizon restored in facsimile.  Johnston overlabel cartouche as issued apparently over an outdated earlier Johnston cartouche.  Stand very good with the usual wear, shrinkage, restoration to veneer; recently French polished.