An exceptional matching pair of Regency period floor 18″ globes, one terrestrial and one celestial,



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Each globe is 18″ in diameter. Each is presented atop a walnut tripod stand with brass casters, each measuring 45″ x 24″ in total. By John and William Cary (1754-1835 and 1759-1825) of London. Engraved and hand-colored. The Cary brothers were renowned creators of precision instruments, and their globes were widely regarded as the very finest that England had to offer in the Georgian/Regency period. The terrestrial globe’s cartouche reads: “Cary’s New Terrestrial Globe. Exhibiting the tracks and discoveries made by Captain Cook; also those of Captain Vancouver on the Northwest Coast of America; and M. de la Perouse on the coast of Tartary, together with every other improvement collected from various navigators and travelers of the present time. / London / Made & sold by J&W Cary, Strand March 1st, 1816. With corrections and additions to 1820.” The celestial globe reads: “Cary’s New Celestial Globe. On which are laid down the whole of the stars nebulae &c. contained in the astronomical works of the Revd. F. Wollaston F.R.S. De la Caille, Herschel, Hevelius, Mayer, Flamsteed, Bradley &c. / Made & sold by J&W Cary Strand March 1816.” Overall, the celestial globe is in good condition, and the terrestrial is in fair to good condition. The globes each have a very nicely aged patina, though some areas of middle Asia and the North Pacific on the terrestrial globe’s surface decoration have rubbed away. Both globes turn without issue. There is a small amount of cracking to the globes’ decoration, with no losses. There are small losses and replacements to the paper horizon ring atop the terrestrial globe’s stand.