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A pocket globe of typical form, the terrestrial globe with engraved hand-colored gores. The globe has axis pins at the poles and is contained within a spherical conforming case opening into two concave hemispheres -- one with an applied engraved celestial chart of the Northern Sky, the other with an applied Southern Sky celestial chart. The outside of the case is covered with black pebbled fish skin and the rims of the case are painted red. The two halves are joined with a brass hinge and originally closed with three brass hook-and-eyelet closures (lacking).
The globe is colored in tones of pink, green, red, blue, and yellow, with the continents colored in outline and shaded. Oceans are colored blue-green and show the routes of the explorers Admiral Anson and Captain Cook. The Antarctic is labeled "Frozen Ocean." California is shown as a peninsula. The Great Wall of China ("Chinese Wall") is indicated. The celestial maps are colored blue uniformly, with constellations shown as mythological figures and scientific instruments in black outline.
This pocket globe is now presented in a modern Plexiglas display stand, having a square base supporting a post with half meridian holding the globe in front, and another post behind this, with wire apertures holding the globe case, all within a conforming cube Plexiglas cover.
The Lane firm, founded by Nicolas Lane (fl. 1775-1783), was a major producer of pocket globes. The first edition of the terrestrial globe offered here was issued in 1776. Dekker posits that Lane might have obtained the copper plates for the celestial gores from the Cushee firm of globe makers when it was dissolved around 1775. For more information about Lane, see our Guide to Globe Makers.
Circular Cartouche: LANE'S/ Pocket/ GLOBE./ LONDON./ 1809.
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. 393-394.