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Globe, American, Joslin, Loring, Terrestrial World, 12-Inch Table Globe, 4-Leg Stand, Antique, Boston, 1833 (Reserved)

Josiah Loring (1775-c. 1840)
12-inch Terrestrial Table Globe
Boston: 1833
Mahogany four-legged stand
18 inches high; 16.5 inches diameter, horizon band

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A terrestrial globe with a printed hour circle and set within a fully calibrated brass meridian, the horizon band with engraved paper calendar and zodiac, raised on a turned mahogany stand with four legs joined by an X-form stretcher. The globe has cream colored oceans, geographic entities in green, pink. orange, and yellow, with broad green outlines and thin red outline. North America is divided into British America (present day Canada), the United States, and Mexico (present day Mexico and parts of the current American Southwest). Several U.S. territories are labelled.  Otherwise, from east to west numerous rivers and major cities are named. Some areas of Indian tribes are also indicted such as Snake Indians in Oregon Territory. Alaska is shown as Russian America. Antarctica is unmapped except a dot labeled “Capt. J. Weddell, R.N. reached this point 1823.” The Hawaiian Islands are called the Sandwich Islands. Tracks of the routes of various explorers are indicated. There is a figure-eight analemma in the Pacific Ocean.

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Josiah Loring, together with his successor Gilman Joslin, were among America’s greatest globe makers. Loring began his globe business in Boston in the early 1830s. Early Loring globes were either imported from C. Smith & Sons, one of the leading British globe makers of the late Georgian period, or re-engraved versions of Smith & Sons globes. Joslin began making globes for Josiah Loring in 1837, and took over the business a few years later producing globes under the Loring name and under his own name. Joslin was joined by his son William B. Joslin in 1874 and the firm continued in operation as Gilman Joslin & Son until about 1907.

Circular Cartouche: Loring’s/ TERRESTRIAL GLOBE/ containing all/ THE LATE DISCOVERIES/ AND/ Geographical Improvements,/ also the Tracks of/ the most celebrated Circumnavigators./ Compiled from Smith’s New English Globe, with/ additions and improvements by Annin & Smith./ BOSTON/ Josiah Loring, 136 Washington St._1833.

Full publication information: 136 Washington Street, Boston.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light toning, wear, and soiling. Few minor scattered, cracks, abrasions, losses, all professionally restored.

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Hardwood, Wood, Mahogany


19th Century