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pocket globe john e william cary


Pocket globe
John e William Cary
London, 1791

The pocket globe is contained in its original case,
which itself is covered in shark skin.


Diameter of the sphere: 3 in
Diameter of the case: 3.3 in

State of conservation:

Few and slight gaps in the original paint on the sphere.
The case no longer closes.

The globe is composed of twelve printed paper gores, aligned and glued onto the sphere.
In the South East Indian Ocean there is a cartouche with the inscription:

to the latest
pub.d by J. & W.Cary Strand Apr. 1 1791

Cook’s exploration routes are traced on the globe (three trips, described as Cook & Clerke in the Resolution & Discovery 1777). There are also tracings of the routes of Gore and King, Mackenzie, Marshall and Shortland, and Phipps as well as others from the previous era. Much of central and southern Africa is empty. The United States occupies only the eastern half of its current territory. Alaska is not described and is only partially delineated (it was to become part of the United States in 1867). Australia (which was to be thus named after 1829) is called New Holland.

Inside one half of the case is the world at the time of Julius Caesar (an inscription explains what it is: The WORLD as known in CAESAR’S Time / agreeable to D’Anville). A second inscription on the other half indicates: A TABLE / OF / Latitudes and Longitudes / of Places not given / on this / GLOBE.

The brothers John (1754-1835) and William (1760-1825) Cary, cartographers, engravers and instrument makers of London, published their first globe in 1791 and suddenly became one of the main production houses in this field. Their production included terrestrial and celestial globes of four different sizes.

For more biographical information on John and William Cary and their work and for comparison with other specimens see:

P. Van der Krogt, Old Globes in the Netherlands, H&S, Utrecht 1984, p. 77
P. Van der Krogt – E. Dekker, E., Globes from the Western World, London 1993, pp. 116-118.

Cover Photo: Fabrizio Stipari