An extremely rare pair of miniature terrestrial and celestial globes, each with 12 hand-coloured engraved paper gores, over a paper mâché and plaster sphere, each globe with paper mâché meridian ring, mounted on horizon rings with a handwritten number VIII and III on each globe. The horizon rings supported by four quadrants with text “Zu finden in Nürnberg / wohnhaft unter der Vesten / bey denen Homaenischen Erben/ dem Prediger Klöster gegenüber”, both globes on a turned single wooden black stand. Diameter 64 mm (2.5 inches), height 185 mm. RARE. Johann Baptist Homann (1664–1724), was a German geographer and cartographer. He founded a publishing business in Nürnberg in 1702, and published his first atlas in 1707, becoming a member of the Academy of Sciences in Berlin in the same year. Homann was appointed Imperial Geographer to Charles VI in 1715 and became the most important map and atlas producer in Germany. His firm was continued by his son Johann Christoph after his death and as Johann Christoph died the company continued under the name of Homann Heirs until 1848. Stands by Homann Heirs, (after 1730). Meridian rings with slight wear.