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Globe, Miniature, Pocket, Earth and Its Inhabitants, German, Antique, Mid 19th C. (Sold)

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Carl Johann Sigmund Bauer (1780-1857) (attributed to)
The Earth and Its Inhabitants
Nuremberg: Mid 19th Century
Pocket globe in box with folding hand-colored engraving
1.675 inches diameter, globe
2.875 x 51 inches, print
2.5 x 2.25 x 2.25 inches, box

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A charming Victorian miniature terrestrial globe, an educational toy in its original box with a folding engraving of the peoples of the world in native costume. It is one among a number of versions of such globes attributed to the Bauer family of German globes makers, produced for the English and Continental markets. This particular globe was also featured in the October 2008 issue of Art & Antiques magazine — see the article.

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The terrestrial globe rests loosely, as issued, in the original cardboard box. A long, accordion-fold hand-colored print, originally attached to the inside base of the box and having an outer tab, shows in each of 32 connected panels people of different nationalities in native costumes, with titles in English, German and French. The cardboard box is covered with green paper with an embossed floral pattern, the lid with a colored engraved vignette of various peoples of the world examining a globe, within an applied patterned border.

For more information on Carl Johann Sigmund Bauer please see our Guide to Globe Makers.

The heyday of the pocket globe was Georgian period England, from the early 18th century to about 1840, where they were mainly made as novelty items for English aristocrats interested in geography and astronomy. Read more about the history and development of pocket globes.


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. p. 171.

Dahl, Edward H. and Gauvin, Jean-François. Sphaerae Mundi: Early Globes at the Stewart Museum. Canada: Septentrion and McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2000. pp. 98-99. (related globe in Stewart Museum, but in different box, tentatively attributed to Bauer family.)

Dekker, Elly, et al. Globes at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Globes and Armillary Spheres in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. London: Oxford University Press and the National Maritime Museum, 1999. pp. 273-75. (Re: Bauer family, esp. Johann.)

Dekker, Elly and van der Krogt, Peter. Globes from the Western World. London: Zwemmer, 1993. p. 98. (Illustrates similar globe, initialled “C.B.” from the Universeitmuseum at Utrecht. Engraving apparently identical except only German titles, box in German and has different lid.)

Lamb, Tom and Collins, Jeremy. The World in Your Hands: An Exhibition of Globes and Planetaria. London: Christie’s, 1994. p. 92. (Re: Peter Bauer.)

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