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Globe, Belgian, Windels, Terrestrial World, 13-Inch Table Globe, Ethnographic, Tripod Iron Stand, Brussels, c. 1908-14 (Sold)

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L. Windels
12.75-inch Table Globe
Globe Terrestre
Brussels: c. 1908-14 (2nd Edition)
Iron tripod stand
20.75 inches high, 12.75 inches (33 cm.) approximate diameter

An educational terrestrial table globe in French, particularly noteworthy for its inclusion of ethnographic illustrations and information of peoples of the world. The globe is surmounted by a finial, set on at inclination arm at 23 degrees, on a cast-iron tripod stand with raised decoration in the baroque taste, ending in scrolled feet. The oceans show ocean currents (indicated with rows of parallel lines), cable lines, steamship routes with ports of arrival and departure and the tracks of various explorers including Cook, Columbus, da Gama, La Perouse and Magellan. Oceans are shaded green, continents are shaded green, yellow and tan, some with yellow outline, with European colonies indicated by different colors according to a key beneath the cartouche, though the colors and color distinctions are subtle due to fading over time. Geographical information includes national boundaries, rivers, mountains, major cities and railway lines.

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The unusual, probably unique feature of the globe is the inclusion of five illustrations representing different races by a portrait head placed in proximity to where each is indigenous. According to the standard categories of the day, they are identified mostly by color: Race Rouge, Race Blanche, Race Noire, Race Jaune and Malais (Red Race, White Race, Black Race, Yellow Race and Malay). Beneath each illustration, a caption lists the nationalities and where in the world they are found.

In North America, the Upper Midwest is labeled “Sioux Indiens” and Northern Mexico is labeled “Apaches.” The Antarctic is outlined, though not as recognized today as the correct coastline. The Belgian Congo is shown in Africa and St. Petersburg in Russia, dating this globe to between 1908 and 1914. Around 1924, a third (and probably final) edition of the globe was produced with updated geographical information.

L. Windels was active in Brussels during the first quarter of the 20th century, apparently only producing a 6-inch version and a 12-inch version of this ethnographic terrestrial globe.

Cartouche: GLOBE TERRESTRE/ 2me Édition/ à l’Échelle de 1/40,000,000/ (1 millimétre par 40 Kilomètres)/ dressé d’après les dernières données des/ GÉOGRAPHES LES PLUS RÉPUTÉS/ avec illustrations ethnographiques.

Additional legends below cartouche:

SIGNES CONVENTIONNELS/ Villes capitals/ Autres villes importantes/ Limites des états/ Limites des terres/ Direction des courants/ Grandes lignes de navig[a]tion/ Câbles télégraphiques/ Grandes lignes de ch[em]in de fer

Colonies/ A. Anglaises/ B. Belges/ D. Danoises/ E. Espagnoles/ F. Possessions Françaises/ H. Hollandaises/ I. Italiennes/ P. Portugaises/ R. Russes/ EU. Possessions des États-Unis


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Cast iron


Baroque Revival