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Globe, British, George Philip, Terrestrial World, 30-Inch Floor Globe, Regency Stand, London, c. 1947-48

George Philip & Son
Philips’ 30-Inch Terrestrial Reference Globe
London: c. 1947-48
Mahogany stand
47 inches high; 41 inches diameter overall including horizon band
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This fine large terrestrial globe on a Regency style stand makes a major statement in a library, entrance hall, or executive office.

The  terrestrial globe rotates in a calibrated full brass meridian and is surmounted by a brass polar circle. The horizon has a paper calendar and zodiac on a full frieze. The mahogany stand in the regency taste has a brass plate with the maker’s name attached to frieze below the horizon band, raised on 3 circular turned legs joined by a triangular platform inset with a large compass. Oceans are colored blue-green (faded blue), geographic entities are in various shades of yellow, green, and tan. There is a figure-eight analemma over the Pacific Ocean. Referred to in the cartouche as a “reference globe,” the cartography also features principal shipping routes with distances in nautical miles, other shipping routes, principal railways with distances in statute miles, other railways, and principal air routes, indicated by dashed or colored lines shown on a legend beneath the cartouche.

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The ecliptic, the equator and the Greenwich meridian are all shown. The globe labels Istanbul with Constantinople in parentheses, indicating a date after 1930. It also shows India and Pakistan, indicating a date after August 1947. In the Middle East, Jordan is shown and references to British Mandate areas do not appear, however it also shows Palestine, which became Israel in 1948. Jordan was granted independence in 1946, but the British Mandate in Palestine didn’t end and the State of Israel was not created till May 1948. That dates this globe’s geography to after August 1947 but prior to May 1948. Some coastal parts of Antarctica are shaded pink. The Falkland Dependency, which includes the Falkland Islands and Antarctic peninsula, is outlined in red.

George Philip & Son began as a map and atlas publisher in Liverpool, England in 1834. In 1902, the firm relocated to London and emerged as one of the major globe producers of the 20th century. Read more on our Guide to Globe Makers. Philip produced 30 inch globes in the 2nd quarter of the 20th century,in London, as well as different models imported by Rand McNally, Chicago, Illinois.

Cartouche: PHILIPS’/ 30 INCH/ REFERENCE GLOBE/ Scale 1: 17,000,000/ [mileage legend and keys]/ COPYRIGHT/ GEORGE PHILIP & SON, LTD., 32 FLEET ST., LONDON, E.C. 4/ Printed in Great Britain

Brass plate on side of stand: George Philip & Son, Ltd./ GLOBE-MAKERS/ 32, Fleet St., London, E.C.

Condition: Globe and horizon generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear and handling. Some irregularity to varnish, and a few minor scratches and abrasions, all professionally restored. Stand very good with the usual light wear; recently French polished.  Overall the globe is in far superior condition to other known extant 30-inch globes of the same or earlier periods, it having no significant damages or repairs, and the printed map paper is still colorful, clear, clean and easily legible.  Please note that white patches seen in pictures are reflections from lighting, not actually present on the globe.

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