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John and William Cary Table Globes
- The renowned firm of J & W Cary crafted this important pair of Regency 12-inch table globes
- Each rare globe has aged to a beautiful patina and is set in its original mahogany stand
- The terrestrial globe exhibits the most up-to-date geographical information of the time
- The celestial globe depicts a timeless map of the stars, an essential exploration tool
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The terrestrial globe is inscribed “CARY’S NEW TERRESTRIAL GLOBE, Delineated from the Best Authorities Extant; Exhibiting the Late Discoveries towards the NORTH POLE and every improvement in Geography to the present Time, LONDON; Published G. & J. Cary, St. James Street, March 15th 1821.” The celestial globe is inscribed within a rectangular label, “CARY’S NEW CELESTIAL GLOBE ON WHICH are correctly laid down upwards of 3500 stars, Selected from the most accurate observations, and calculated for the Year 1800, With the exient of each Constellation precisely defined by Mr. Gilpin of the ROYAL SOCIETY/Made and Sold by J. & W. Cary No. 181 Strand London Jan 1816.”
Terrestrial globe: dated 1821
Celestial globe: dated 1816, with calculations from 1800
16” diameter overall x 18” high
There is commonly a significant difference between the dates of terrestrial and celestial pairings. Globe makers often made celestial models in advance, since the stars and constellations were considered established and unchanging. New lands were constantly being discovered around the world, and terrestrial models were almost always “made to order” to ensure updated accuracy. This distinguished pair represents an exceptionally rare find. A similar celestial globe is featured in Elly Dekker and Peter van der Krogt’s Globes from the Western World.
Globes from the Western World, 1993, Elly Dekker and Peter van der Krogt
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