2.75-Inch Terrestrial Globe in Celestial Case
John Newton, London: c. 1800

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John Newton (1759-1844)
2.75-Inch Terrestrial Pocket Globe in Celestial Case
London: c. 1800
Globe and original red leather-covered case
7.5 x 6.5 x 6.5 inches in Plexiglas display stand
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A pocket globe of typical form, the terrestrial globe with engraved hand-colored gores, having axis pins at the poles.  The globe is set within a spherical conforming case, one concave hemisphere with an applied engraved paper celestial chart of the Northern Sky, the other with the Southern Sky.  The outside of the case is covered with red leather and the rims of the case are painted red.  It originally closed with two brass hooks and eyes (now lacking). 

Geographic entities on the terrestrial globe are colored pink, yellow, green, some with thick outline. Oceans are colored green, with trade winds and monsoons indicated by arrows, and with lines showing the paths of explorers. The celestial gores are colored in pink, green, red, blue, yellow and gray.

As was often the case with 18th century globes, this one was printed from copper plates that were reused by successive dealers.  In 1783, John Newton launched his globe making business with the first versions of this pocket globe and case, one co-published with the engraver William Palmer (fl. 1765-1803) and soon thereafter, one under his own imprint.  Newton had apprenticed with Thomas Bateman, successor to Nathaniel Hill, and utilized  the plates of Hill's 1754 pocket globe, adding recent discoveries by Captain Cook.  Our offered globe has a nearly identical cartouche to the 1783 examples shown in Dekker and in Dekker and van der Krogt.  Those have the names "Palmer & Newton/ 1783" (Dekker) and "J. Newton/ 1783" (Dekker and van der Krogt) in the cartouche, rather than "J. Newton/ 1800.”

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.

For more information about Newton globes, see our Guide to Globe Makers.

Rococo Cartouche: A NEW/ Terrestrial/ GLOBE/ by J. Newton/ 1800


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. 422-23, 441.

Dekker, Elly and van der Krogt, Peter. Globes from the Western World. London: Zwemmer, 1993.  pp. 115, 118.