NIMS, H.B., & COMPANY.
[A pair of American table globes (the Franklin Globes), terrestrial and celestial.] Troy, NY: [c.1880].
Each 12 inches (305 mm) in diameter, the terrestrial globe titled The Franklin Terrestrial Globe, the celestial, The Franklin 12 Inch Celestial Globe. The terrestrial showing the principal tracks of the 18th century pacific explorers Cook, La Perouse and Vancouver and Africa with the complete course of the Congo River; the celestial decorated with the stars and constellation figures, both elaborately hand-colored, each with brass meridian circles, graduated on one face, with a groove on the verso, hand-colored engraved horizon circles, both supported by four-legged turned fruitwood stands, brass center supports on cross-stretchers. Old varnish, the celestial globe slightly darkened. Overall heights 450 mm (18 inches).
A fine and attractive pair of table library globes modeled geographically and aesthetically on the popular English globes of the early 19th century by John Cary. The stands are particularly reminiscent of the late 18th to early 19th century library globes made for English gentlemen. The terrestrial globe shows the full course of the Congo river, first navigated in 1877 by the explorer Henry Morton Stanley, indicating that the terrestrial gores were engraved soon after this date.