The globe has printed northern and southern hour circle polar calottes numbered I to XII twice and an incurved analemma in the Pacific Ocean with an elaborate acanthus leaf border. The equator, the ecliptic, and the prime meridian are denoted with heavy dashed lines, and the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn are highlighted in red. Major land masses are outlined in green and blue, and mountain ranges are indicated with hatched lines. The United States west of the Mississippi River is shown as Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Ark., La., Texas, Oregon, Utah, N. Mexico, and California. The Baja Peninsula of Mexico is labeled Old California. Alaska is shown as “Russian Territory.” Canada is also labeled “British America,” with only the East Coast provinces named. As is typical of the era, most of the African place names provided are along the coasts, since the interior was largely unknown to Westerners; much of Southern Africa is simply labeled “Unexplored Regions.” Australia and the surrounding ocean are labeled “Austral Asia.” Antarctica is largely unmapped, except for a few short portions of coastline, with the rest labeled “Southern Ocean.” Tracks of Captain Cook’s voyages are shown, with a notation at the Sandwich Islands (present-day Hawaii) showing where he was killed in 1779. A table of “References” shows the symbols for “Largest Cities and Capitals, 2nd Class of do., 3rd Do., 4th Do.”
More information about Franklin Globes and Merriam Moore can be found in our Guide to Globe Makers.
Oval Cartouche: A SIX INCH AMERICAN TERRESTRIAL/ GLOBE/ Comprising/ The LATEST POLITICAL DIVISIONS,/ DISCOVERIES, & c./ MERRIAM MOORE & CO./ TROY N.Y.
Condition: Globe generally very good, recently professionally restored and revarnished, including restoration of minor abrasions and cracks, now with some light remaining toning, and wear. Horizon band in similar condition but with slightly greater remaining wear. Stand very good with usual wear and aging.