Pair of terrestrial and celestial globes, each in full meridian, the horizon band with engraved paper calendar and zodiac, raised on turned wooden ebonized stands with four legs joined by an X-form stretcher.
Alexander Donaldson was a prominent Edinburgh globe maker of the early 19th century, and a contemporary of Kirkwood & Son, also an Edinburgh globe maker. Alexander Keith Johnston engraved Donaldson’s New Terrestrial Globe in 1828. Johnston subsequently formed the globe and map making firm W. & A.K. Johnston, Ltd., active in Edinburgh and London from the mid 19th Century through the early 20th Century (see our Guide to Globe Makers).
Globes surface a bit worn and darkened, but still good.
Circular cartouche, terrestrial globe: DONALDSON’S/ NEW/ Terrestrial Globe/ ACCURATELY PROJECTED/ Containing all/ THE RECENT DISCOVERIES/ Throughout the/ WORLD/ Published by A. Donaldson So Niddry Street Edin.1832
Circular cartouche, celestial globe: DONALDSON’S/ NEW/ Celestial Globe,/ ACCURATELY DELINEATED/with the recently formed/ CONSTELLATIONS/ MAGNITUDES/ Published by A. Donaldson So Niddry St Edin.1834