13-inch table globe  [Albany, NY], 1817 19 in (48 cm.) overall height
Lot 4285
13-inch table globe [Albany, NY], 1817 19 in (48 cm.) overall height
Sold for US$ 17,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
13-inch table globe by James Wilson, [Albany, NY], 1817
[Signed] in cartouche: "A New American Terrestrial Globe on which the Principal Places of the Known World and Accurately laid down with the traced attempts of Captain Cook to discover a Southern Continent by James Wilson 1811. With Additions to 1817." Made up of 12 hand-colored engraved gores with ecliptics; mounted within a brass meridian ring, brass hour arrows, and mounted on turned wood stand. 19 in (48 cm.) overall height


  • A rare early American globe. James Wilson [1762-1835], America's first commercially successful globe maker, was born in New Hampshire and taught himself geography through study of an encyclopedia.
    The terrestrial globe is his first dated globe and this 13-inch size the largest size that he ever produced. In 1819 he revised this globe, but this is an earlier version without the named states of Indiana, Illinois, Alabama or Mississippi. The entire interior of the present-day American northwest remains blank.
    Wilson's trade cards bore the following notice: "James Wilson is the original manufacturer of Globes in this country and has brought the art to such a degree of perfection, as to supersede altogether the necessity of importations of that article from abroad. Members of Congress, as friends of American productions and ingenuity, are respectfully invited to examine these Globes."
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