CELESTIAL GLOBE; JOSLIN, GILMAN. Improved Globe. Boston: 1870s.

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Lot 41
CELESTIAL GLOBE; JOSLIN, GILMAN.
Improved Globe. Boston: 1870s.

US$ 8,000 - 12,000
£ 6,600 - 9,900

History of Science

22 Oct 2014, 13:00 EDT

New York

CELESTIAL GLOBE; JOSLIN, GILMAN.
Improved Globe. Boston: 1870s.
A 16 inch (40.6 cm) diameter celestial table globe. Hand-colored steel engraved gores over plaster, titled on horizon ring "IMPROVED GLOBE, BOSTON, MANUFCTURED BY GILMAN JOSLIN CORRECTED TO 1870" and "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1852 by Charles Copley," within brass meridian ring and mahogany horizon ring applied with printed and colored scales of degrees, calendar, and zodiac, set within original turned mahogany stand. Overall good condition with surface staining, several indentations (the largest 1 1/2 x 3/4 inches) and small loses throughout, some light fading but colors overall vibrant.
Provenance: W. Parker Lyon Pony Express Museum; purchased by William Harrah and gifted to Ward Kimball; by descent to present owner.

The present globe was originally designed by Charles Copley (fl. 1843-69), a map and globe publisher and engraver working in Brooklyn, New York, and sold by E. & G.W. Blunt. In 1852, Copley copyrighted a pair of 16-inch terrestrial and celestial globes and received a gold medal for them at the Fair of the American Institute in New York in the same year. In 1858, Copley (also with Blunt as seller) reissued the globe, corrected to that date, but also bearing the original 1852 copyright date. In the last quarter of the 19th Century, Copley's globes were revised and reissued by the prominent American globe maker Gilman Joslin, and the Franklin group of globe makers. Though the 16-inch terrestrial globes appear with some frequency on the market, their celestial counterparts are more scarce.
The present example has an interesting provenance. Originally displayed at the William Parker Lyon Pony Express Museum in Arcadia, California, it was gifted to Disney animator Ward Kimball (1914-2002) after the museum was purchased by casino and hotel owner William Harrah– according to the Kimball family as a thank you gift for Kimball having brought the museum to Harrah's attention. Kimball was one Disney's "nine old men," the core group of the studio's original animators responsible for creating some of its most iconic work.
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CELESTIAL GLOBE; JOSLIN, GILMAN. Improved Globe. Boston: 1870s.
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