Pair of Library-sized Terrestrial and Celestial Globes: Cary's new Terrestrial Globe, exhibiting the Tracks and Discoveries made by Captain Cook; also those of Captain Vancouver on the North West Coast of America; and M de la Perouse, on the Coast of Tartary, together with every other Improvement collected from various Navigators to the Present Time. John and William CARY.
Pair of Library-sized Terrestrial and Celestial Globes: Cary's new Terrestrial Globe, exhibiting the Tracks and Discoveries made by Captain Cook; also those of Captain Vancouver on the North West Coast of America; and M de la Perouse, on the Coast of Tartary, together with every other Improvement collected from various Navigators to the Present Time
Pair of Library-sized Terrestrial and Celestial Globes: Cary's new Terrestrial Globe, exhibiting the Tracks and Discoveries made by Captain Cook; also those of Captain Vancouver on the North West Coast of America; and M de la Perouse, on the Coast of Tartary, together with every other Improvement collected from various Navigators to the Present Time
Pair of Library-sized Terrestrial and Celestial Globes: Cary's new Terrestrial Globe, exhibiting the Tracks and Discoveries made by Captain Cook; also those of Captain Vancouver on the North West Coast of America; and M de la Perouse, on the Coast of Tartary, together with every other Improvement collected from various Navigators to the Present Time
Pair of Library-sized Terrestrial and Celestial Globes: Cary's new Terrestrial Globe, exhibiting the Tracks and Discoveries made by Captain Cook; also those of Captain Vancouver on the North West Coast of America; and M de la Perouse, on the Coast of Tartary, together with every other Improvement collected from various Navigators to the Present Time

Pair of 18-inch Library Floor Globes…
Pair of Library-sized Terrestrial and Celestial Globes: Cary's new Terrestrial Globe, exhibiting the Tracks and Discoveries made by Captain Cook; also those of Captain Vancouver on the North West Coast of America; and M de la Perouse, on the Coast of Tartary, together with every other Improvement collected from various Navigators to the Present Time

London: Norie & Co., No. 157 Leaden Hall Street, 1 March 1816.

Pair of 18-inch diameter (455 mm) floor globes, height overall 42 ins. (1065 mm), diameter of stand 24.5 ins (620 mm); each made up from two sets of eighteen gores; on their fine original Regency mahogany stands, each on central turned pillar with three cabriole legs below with original castors, four supporting arms above holding horizon rings, complete with brass meridian circles and hour rings, glazed compass suspended between lower legs of each with blued-steel needle and 32-point compass rose.

Handsome matched pair of Regency floor globes

An impressive and rare pair of library globes, produced by the Cary firm, masters of globemaking of the late Regency period. Made in the closing stages of the Age of Discovery, the terrestrial globe shows the tracks of the major eighteenth-century navigators including Cook, La Perouse and Vancouver, as well as the less familiar 1794 track of the East Indiaman Walpole, Captain Thomas Butler, on a pioneering trading voyage from the Cape of Good Hope to China, passing to the south and east of Australia though not calling at the new settlement of Port Jackson.

An impressive and rare pair of library globes, produced by the Cary firm, masters of globemaking of the late Regency period. Made in the closing stages of the Age of Discovery, the terrestrial globe shows the tracks of the major eighteenth-century navigators including Cook, La Perouse and Vancouver, as well as the less familiar 1794 track of the East Indiaman Walpole, Captain Thomas Butler, on a pioneering trading voyage from the Cape of Good Hope to China, passing to the south and east of Australia though not calling at the new settlement of Port Jackson.
Tasmania is shown as separated by "Basse Strait" from the Australian mainland which is designated as "New Holland", while the south coast of the continent is shown in correct outline; California is named New Albion; the Hawaiian islands have notes about the death of Cook and the deaths of Vancouver personnel. Large sections of Africa are marked as "Parts unknown". Western areas of north America are mostly designated by their native American territory names.
This is the first edition of the Cary terrestrial globe in this form: it would be reissued with revisions in 1820, 1823, 1827 and 1836.
The celestial globe is by this stage fully accurate for the southern as well as the northern hemisphere, with much of its information derived from Flamsteed and William Herschel, and showing the discoveries of Edmund Halley and Abbé de Lacaille.
John and William Cary were active globe makers in London. John Cary (c.1754-1835) was also an engraver and dealer in maps, whilst William (c.1760-1825) made mathematical instruments. The company was one of the leading English globe makers from about 1792 until its closure in 1850. John William Norie, marked on the cartouches as having these for sale, was the proprietor of Norie's "Navigation Warehouse" in London from 1799; from 1816, the year these globes were made, the firm traded as Norie & Co. It is not clear whether Norie had the selling of the whole edition; certainly the Carys' own names appear as sellers on the cartouches of other globes made by them in the same period.
This is a handsome and impressive pair of larger format globes, highly evocative of their period. It is unusual to see a matched pair in such attractive condition, and one can easily see how they would have looked the part in a Regency library. A similar pair, perhaps with slightly faded colour, with the terrestrial globe in the 1823 reissue, is illustrated in "The World in your Hands", describing them as "A fine pair of very typical English library globes. The evidence of a good furniture maker is to be seen in the stands, with attention to the spade feet and to the gentle cabriole legs with brass castors facilitating easy movement".

"The World in your Hands" (1994), 4.65 (1823 reissue of the terrestrial); Elley Dekker, Globes at Greenwich, Oxford 1999, p. 296. Gloria Clifton, Directory of British Scientific Instrument Makers 1550-1851 (London, 1995), p. 201 and http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/19928.html) (1827 reissue) and http://collections.rmg.co.uk/collections/objects/19756.html (1836 reissue).

Price (AUD): $168,500.00  other currencies     Ref: #4504744

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