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A pocket globe of typical form, the terrestrial globe with engraved hand-colored gores and axis pins at the poles. It 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 close with three brass hook-and-eyelet closures.
The globe is colored in tones of pink, yellow, red and green. The continents are outlined in bolder shades. Oceans are colored green. The United States has simple cartography and only a few places names, principal among them east of the Mississippi River being: N. Engl., New York, Mary L. [Maryland], Carolina, Virginia (encompassing most of the mid section), and Florida (extending fairly far west). West of the Mississippi River is labeled New Mexico, New Albion, California (shown as a peninsula) and “Parts Unknown” in the Pacific Northwest. The celestial hemispheres are colored green uniformly, with constellations shown as mythological figures and scientific instruments in black outline.
Pocket globes manufactured in London in the 18th and 19th centuries, were often printed using copper plates that were revised, updated, and relabeled by successive globe makers, engravers or sellers. The offered globe conforms to the description of a so called “Anonymous” c. 1775 pocket globe (with cartouche title “A Correct Globe…”) derived from a 1719 pocket globe by Hermann Moll. Both are described and pictured by Elly Dekker in the book Globes at Greenwich. The globes are quite similar to each other, but in the “Anonymous” globe, as compared with the earlier 1719 globe, Captain Cook's 1760 voyage was added, the voyage of Dampier was removed (though traces are still visible), and various geographic information was amended or changed. In the 1775 edition, the celestial gores as originally issued by Moll were basically left unchanged, except for the cartouche. Another example of the 1775 Anonymous globe, but with a cartouche overlabel by W. & S. Jones, is available from George Glazer Gallery as well.
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.
Rectangular cartouche, terrestrial globe: A Correct/ GLOBE/ with the new/ Discoveries.
Trapezoidal cartouche, celestial globe: A Correct Globe with ye New Cons:/ tellations of Dr./ Halley & c.
Provenance: The offered globe is from the estate of Evelyn Nef (1913-2009), a distinguished arts patron, intellectual and author of books on polar geography, who lived most of her life in Washington, D.C. There she was a benefactor of some of Washington's leading cultural institutions, including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Opera and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She also served as president of the Society of Women Geographers.
Clifton, Gloria C. Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers, 1550-1851. pp. 154-55.
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. 129, 136, 417-418, 529-530.
"Evelyn Nef, 96; arts patron and author." Washington Post. 16 December 2009. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/15/AR2009121504812.html (7 November 2011).