COLLAPSIBLE GLOBE; BETT, JOHN. Bett's Patent Portable Globe Compiled from the Latest and Best Authorities. London: George Philip & Son Ltd, c.1860.

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COLLAPSIBLE GLOBE; BETT, JOHN.
Bett's Patent Portable Globe Compiled from the Latest and Best Authorities. London: George Philip & Son Ltd, c.1860.

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COLLAPSIBLE GLOBE; BETT, JOHN.
Bett's Patent Portable Globe Compiled from the Latest and Best Authorities. London: George Philip & Son Ltd, c.1860.
A 15 inch (37.5 cm) diameter collapsible umbrella globe. 8 printed colored lithograph gores printed on linen and sewn, stretched over 8 flexible umbrella ribs, mounted on central metal pole. Housed in printed paper tube. Some spots of faint toning to gores, tube rubbed.

An excellent example of a classic umbrella globe. "The nineteenth century saw the appearance in various places of folding or collapsible globes that were cheaper and easier to store away. One of these globes was Bett's Patent Portable Globe from around 1860. It operates in the same manner as an umbrella. A cloth sphere is mounted on flexible metal struts set around a central metal spindle. When expanded, the globe is 40 centimetres in diameter. The globe was designed by John Betts (fl. 1844-63) in the Strand, London, of whom little is known except the fact that he produced educational material for children" (Dekker Globes from the Western World p 127).
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