The globe is comprised of two sets of twelve hand-colored engraved gores laid to the ecliptic poles, the equatorial graduated in degrees and hours in both directions, the meridian of Greenwich not graduated, the equinoctial colure graduated in degrees, the ecliptic graduated in days of the houses of the zodiac, the oceans with an analemma, trade winds, and the numerous tracks of Captain Cook’s voyages with dates. Oceans are colored green/olive. Geographical entities are in cream and brown tones, sometimes shaded in green/olive, with green outline.
The cartography is based on the work of the famous London map publisher John Arrowsmith. The United States is colored to its contemporary border at the Mississippi River with “Louisiana” labeled, and with many Native American tribes indicated such as the Nachitoches and the Osages. Antarctica is not indicated, though the South Pole region contains inscriptions such as “many Islands & Fields of Broken Ice” and “Islands of Ice Innumerable.”
The Bardin family were among the greatest globe makers in London from the late eighteenth through the early nineteenth century. Read more about them in our Guide to Globe Makers. Bardin family 18-inch New British Globes generally include dedications to the scientist Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), President of the Royal Society (terrestrial) and astronomer Neville Maskelyne (celestial). Banks was a key figure in British science and government and in the development of the British colony in New South Wales. He remains the longest serving president of the Royal Society, and held a number of government roles.
Cartouche: To the Rt. Honorable/ SIR JOSEPH BANKS BAR. K. B./ President of the Royal Society/ This New British Terrestrial Globe/ Containing all the latest Discoveries and Communications, from the most / correct and authentic Observations and Surveys, to the year 1799/ by Captn. Cook and more recent Navigators. Engraved from/ an accurate Drawing by Mr. Arrowsmith, Geographer/ Additions to 1807 / Respectfully Dedicated / by his most obedient hble. Servants / W. & T.M. Bardin
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