A pair J. & W Cary terrestrial and celestial globes<BR /> dated 1821
Lot 1025W
An assembled pair of George III Cary's terrestrial and celestial globes
dated 1816 and 1821
Sold for US$ 15,000 inc. premium
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Property from a distinguished San Francisco and Napa Valley family collection
An assembled pair of George III Cary's terrestrial and celestial globes
dated 1816 and 1821
Each raised on mahogany stands inset with compass in the base, celestial globe marked CARY'S NEW CELESTIAL GLOBE, ON WHICH are correctly laid down upwards of 3500 Stars, Selected from the most accurate observations and calculated for the Year 1800. With the extent of each Constellation precisely derived. By Mr. GILPIN of the ROYAL SOCIETY, Made & Sold by J. & W. Cary, Strand, London, Jan 1 1816.; terrestrial globe marked CARY'S NEW TERRESTRIAL GLOBE DELINEATED, From the best Authorities extant; Exhibiting the late Discoveries towards the NORTH POLE, and every improvement in Geography to the present Time. London: Made & Sold by G & J Cary, 86 St James's Street, March 15th 1821.
diameter of globes 12in (30.5cm); greatest diameter 18in (46cm); height overall 24in (61cm).

Footnotes

  • The Cary family firm was regarded as England's leading globe publishers from the early 1790s to its closure in 1850. It was established by brothers John and William Cary. John Cary (c. 1754-1835) was the engraver and businessman, while William Cary (c. 1760-1825) specialized in making mathematical instruments. They stayed at their premises at 181 Strand until around 1820 when the Cary brothers moved to 86 St. James's Street and passed their the business onto John Cary's sons George (c. 1788-1859) and John Jr. (1791 - 1852). It was under the sons that the firm took the name G & J Cary.
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