A massive globe by Malby's of London
Lot 313W
A Rare and Important 36-inch Terrestrial Library Globe
circa 1849 62 x 50 in. (157.4 x 127 cm.) height x overall diameter.
Sold for US$ 103,700 inc. premium
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A massive globe by Malby's of London A massive globe by Malby's of London
Lot Details
A Rare and Important 36-inch Terrestrial Library Globe
Thomas Malby, London; circa 1849
[signed] within a printed rectangular cartouche: MALBY'S/36-inch/TERRESTRIAL GLOBE/Edward Stanford/12, 13, 14 Long Acre, London. W.C. Made up of twenty-four hand-colored engraved gores laid on a hollow plaster-coated sphere, the equatorial graduated in degrees and subdivided to two minutes, labelled every 5°, with hours I-XII (x2), the equinoctial colure graduated in degrees and subdivided into two minutes labeled every 5°, the ecliptic graduated for individual days and labeled with months, five day intervals and the sigils of the Zodiac, all major continents are represented with the country borders outlined in various colors, with few other notes, and Antartica delineated only by a reference to South Victoria. The engraved horizon paper graduated in degrees of amplitude and azimuth and labeled with thirty-two compass points, brass hour dial at the North Pole, brass meridian ring graduated in four quadrants; on a mahogany stand with curved scroll shaped supports, raised on a concave sided trefoil platform on casters.
62 x 50 in. (157.4 x 127 cm.) height x overall diameter.

Footnotes

  • This globe is a version of a 36-inch globe first issued by John Addison's famous Terraqueous globe of (circa) 1825. It is well known that Thomas Malby re-issued the globe in 1849, and James Wyld further issued it in the 1860s together with a celestial globe of the same size.

    Thomas Malby, Senior, probably founded Malby & Co., publishers and map-and-print colorers, in 1839, with premises at 22 Houghton Street, Clare Market, London and later, 3 Houghton Street. The name was changed to Malby & Son when Thomas Junior joined the firm and became its director.
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