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Globe, German, Rath, Celestial, 13-Inch Table Globe, 4-leg Stand, Leipzig, Mid 20th Century


Paul Räth Nachf. K.G.
Horizont-und Äquatorsystem (Himmelsglobus)
13-inch Horizon & Equator System Celestial Globe
Leipzig: Mid 20th Century
Fruitwood stand
28.5 inches high

The celestial globe is in a calibrated brass half meridian, titled on its axis at about 23 degrees, raised on a tall fruitwood table stand with turned vasiform central standard on four splayed legs. The globe, apparently intended for classroom use, depicts simple celestial cartography in white on blue. The stars are mapped onto a spherical projection of the Earth’s equator and poles: it has longitude lines every 30 degree, latitude lines at 30 and 60 degrees above and below the equator (to distinguish low, middle and high altitudes), polar circles 90 degrees north and south, and a dashed-line ecliptic. The stars are rendered at various levels of magnitude indicating their relative brightness and size as seen from earth.

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Paul Räth (1881-1929) was an author and publisher, founding a company specialized in educational aids in Leipzig, Germany in 1917. From the start, the company’s products included the manufacture of globes, which continued for at least 80 years. They produced a variety of kinds of globes including political and physical globes, relief globes, celestial globes, lunar globes, and tellurians.

Cartouche: Demonstrationsmodell/ “HORIZONT-und ÄQUATORSYSTEM”/ (Himmelsglobus)/ Herausgeber: Erich Bartel, Apolda/Thür./ Verlag: Paul Räth Nachf. K.G. Leipzig/ Druck: VEB Hermann Haack Gotha/ Nr. 277/64/ Druckereilizenz Nr. k 4/57. [Demonstration Model/ Horizon and Equator System/ (Celestial Globe)/ Editor: Erich Bartel, Apolda/Thuringia/ Publisher: Paul Räth Successor K.G. Leipzig/ Printing: VEB Hermann Haack Gotha/ Nr. 277/64/ Pressmen Nr. k4/57.]

Condition: Globe very good with the usual overall light toning, handling, wear and very minor abrasions.  Stand very good with the usual wear.


Allmayer-Beck, Peter E., ed. Modelle der Welt: Erd-und Himmelsgloben — Kulturerbe aus oesterreichischen Sammlungen. [Models Of The World: Terrestrial And Celestial Globes — Cultural Inheritance from Austrian Collections. Vienna: Bibliophile Edition/Christian Brandstaetter Verlagsgesellschaft, 1997. pp. 214-215, 298, 384.

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Fruitwood, Wood