POCKET GLOBE; HILL, NATHANIEL. FL. 1746-1768. A New Terrestrial Globe. [London: At the Sign of the Globe and the Sun], 1754.
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POCKET GLOBE; HILL, NATHANIEL. FL. 1746-1768.
A New Terrestrial Globe. [London: At the Sign of the Globe and the Sun], 1754.
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22 Oct 2014, 13:00 EDT

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POCKET GLOBE; HILL, NATHANIEL. FL. 1746-1768.
A New Terrestrial Globe. [London: At the Sign of the Globe and the Sun], 1754.
A 3 inch (6.8 cm) diameter Nathaniel Hill pocket globe in fishskin covered wood case with two brass hook-and-eye clasps. 12 copper-engraved hand-colored gores over papier-maché and plaster sphere, case lined with celestial maps of the northern and southern skies. A few very small scratches to varnish, otherwise excellent.

Shows California as a peninsula, and the northwest coast of America as "unknown parts." The track of Admiral Anson (1740) is drawn, and the tradewinds are indicated by red arrows. "Nathaniel Hill (fl. 1746-1768) had impeccable credentials. He was apprenticed to Richard Cushee who at that time was carrying out survey work for John Senex's map of Surrey. Hill, too, initally worked as a surveyor, working in Yorkshire, the Fens, and around London. There obviously is a strong link between surveying, making maps and globes, and engraving. Hill was involved in all three. Remarkably few globes by Hill have survived" (Globes and the Mechanical Universe p 57). Dekker Globes from the Western World fig 56; Van Der Krogt Old Globes in the Netherlands Hil 1.
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