POCKET GLOBE; LANE, Nicolas. A New Globe of the Earth. [London], 1776.

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POCKET GLOBE; LANE, Nicolas.
A New Globe of the Earth. [London], 1776.

Sold for US$ 4,375 inc. premium

History of Science

22 Oct 2014, 13:00 EDT

New York

POCKET GLOBE; LANE, Nicolas.
A New Globe of the Earth. [London], 1776.
A 3 inch (7 cm) diameter pocket globe in fish skin covered wood case with 2 brass hook and eye clasps and red painted rim. 12 copper engraved hand colored full gores over papier maché and plaster, titled within decorative foliated cartouche in North Pacific, metal pivot at both poles, case with 2 sets of 12 hand colored copper engraved half gores and 2 polar calottes. Some small scattered chipping to varnish, varnish chipped around poles, some spotting to gores of case, 1 clasp broken.

A nice example of a late eighteenth century pocket globe, with continents outlined in green, monsoons marked in the Chinese Sea and the Indian Ocean, Tasmania still connected to Australia and labelled Dimens Land. Location of Cook's death noted "Owhyhee. Here C. Cook was Kill'd." "Very little is known about Nicolas Lane ... whose business is particularly associated with pocket globes ... The Lane pocket globes of 2.75 and 3 in. diameter derive from two traditions ... For the smaller one, the copper plated of the celestial counterpart of the Cushee ... pocket globes were used. These were perhaps acquired by Nicolas in the early 1770s when the Cushee firm was dissolved. How the other 3 inch pocket globe came into production is at present unknown" (Dekker Globes at Greenwich p 393, GLB0029).
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