3-Inch Terrestrial Pocket Globe on Brass Stand
James Ferguson, London: 1775

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Ferguson 3-Inch Diameter Terrestrial Pocket Globe in Celestial Case
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James Ferguson (1710 -1776)
J. Mynde (fl. 1740 -1770) (engraver)
3-Inch Terrestrial Pocket Globe
London: 1775
Brass stand
4 inches high, 3.5 inches diameter, overall
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A terrestrial pocket globe with engraved hand-colored gores, raised in a later uncalibrated brass meridian ring with shaped finial, and turning within a later brass stand.   The uncalibrated horizon band is supported by four rectangular legs, on a round ring-form base.

The globe is colored in tones of pink, green, red, blue, yellow and gray.  Oceans are colored green.  The route of the explorer Admiral Anson is recorded and labele and highlighted in red. An additional dotted line shows the route of Captain Cook's first voyage.  California is shown as a peninsula.  The Great Wall of China ("Chinese Wall") is indicated.  Monsoons are recorded in the Indian Sea.   This globe was probably originally issued with a fishskin case with inner hemispheric celestial charts.  It is now offered on a later hand-made brass stand (c. 1900?), without the case.

Ferguson’s three-inch terrestrial pocket globe was published in ten successive versions between 1765 and 1840 as the copper printing plates were transferred and modified -- first by Ferguson, then Dudley Adams, and finally Nicholas Lane.  The earliest known version is by Ferguson; it lacks the credit to the engraver, J. Mynde and is described and pictured in the book Globes at Greenwich, a catalogue of globes in the collection of the British National Maritime Museum.  The cartouche of the globe offered here, which includes Mynde, appears on the second and third versions made by Ferguson, and is also pictured in the book (see References below).  This globe is the third edition, published in 1775 which was the same as the second edition (1756) with the addition of the route of Captain Cook's voyage. 

Read more about James Ferguson in our Guide to Globe Makers.

The heyday of the pocket globe was Georgian period England, from the early 18th century to about 1840, where they were mainly made as novelty items for English aristocrats interested in geography and astronomy. Read more about the history and development of pocket globes.

Rococo Cartouche: A New/ GLOBE of the/ Earth/ by James Ferguson/ J. Mynde sc.


Dekker, Elly, et al. Globes at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Globes and Armillary Spheres in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. London: Oxford University Press and the National Maritime Museum, 1999.  pp. 128-132, 332-334.  Cartouche pictured in fig. 9.100.