Brun, Ingeborg Mars globe on bronze stand, manuscript + photo of Flammarion
Lot 129
BRUN, EMMY INGEBORG. 1872-1929. [Inscription on base:] Mars efter Lowell's Glober [sic]. Denmark, c.1905-1909.
Sold for US$ 50,000 inc. premium
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BRUN, EMMY INGEBORG. 1872-1929.
[Inscription on base:] Mars efter Lowell's Glober [sic]. Denmark, c.1905-1909.
Diameter 8¼ inches (210 mm). In manuscript, ink and body color, varnished. Raised on a patinated bronze column and circular plinth base. Further inscriptions on base reading "Free Land ° Free Trade ° Free Men; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven."
WITH: A photograph of Camille Flammarion with one hand raised, gelatin silver print, 7 x 5 inches (180 x 125 mm), stamped on verso "H. Malorey, reproduction interdite," and captioned in pencil "A Jurisy, la main de Camille Flammarion."

A HAND-PAINTED GLOBE, MADE BY A DANISH LADY ASTRONOMER. Ingeborg Brun was bed-ridden, and produced a small number of hand-painted Mars globes based on the work of the American astronomer Percival Lowell [1855-1916]. Inspired by the suggestion of the Milanese astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli that there were artificial canals on the planet—an optical illusion, as it turned out—Lowell had studied Mars from his Flagstaff observatory, and published Mars (1895), Mars and its Canals (1906), and Mars as the Abode of Life (1908). "Free Land, Free Trade, Free Men" was a popular socialist slogan, inspired by the writings of the politician economist Henry George; socialist utopians of the period hoped that Mars could be the ideal place for a new, free society.
Brun is known to have presented Flammarion with one of her globes, and it can be seen in the background of the photograph included in this lot. Fewer than ten of Brun's Mars globes appear to have been recorded.
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