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Pair of Terrestrial and Celestial Cary Floor Globes in Mahogany Stands

$95,000per set


Offered are a pair of globes by the most well known and accomplished cartographers of the 19th century, "The Cary Company", London, England. The Cary Company has historically created the finest globes and maps in the world, recognized for their precise attention to accuracy and detail. They were often commissioned by the government to map out England's roads and geography. John and William Cary (brothers) opened their cartography shop at 181 The Strand, London, England in 1791. They moved to 86 St. James Street, London in 1820, giving their original premises to their two sons George and John Jr. who continued the business until 1852 when they sold it to G. F. Cruchley. The globes consist of a “terrestrial globe” and a “celestial globe” which in addition to being significant library pieces, were also used for navigational assistance from the 1780s-1850s. They were also utilized for educational purposes to study geography and astronomy. A terrestrial globe mapped the earth, while a celestial globe mapped out the stars. (19) images are attached. On the terrestrial globe is stated; "Drawn from the most recent Geographical Works, showing the whole of the New Discoveries with the tracks of the Principle Navigators and every improvement in geography in the present time". "Published by G. & J. Cary St. James St." and dated "1846". The "navigators" are references to the explorers Cook and Vancouver whose journeys are tracked on the globe. On the Celestial globe is stated "Cary's New Celestial Globe on which are carefully laid down the whole of the Stars and Nebulae contained in the Catalogues of Wollaston, Hershel, Bode, Piazzi, Zack & Co. calculated to the year 1820". "Made and Sold by J. & W. Cary". "181 Strand" and dated "1818". The names mentioned on the celestial globe are well known 18th and early 19th century British and European astronomers. Note the landmarks on the terrestrial globe referring to the Western United States as “Undiscovered Countries” near where San Francisco would be (see image North America #3). Also worth noting; area of California referred to as "New Albion"; a name given by Captain James Cook after a voyage in 1577. "Blackfoot Indians" are noted in what is now Montana. Lots of Spanish names are used for other area in the Western United States. San Francisco and Albuquerque are identified; India is referred to as "Hindoostan". Numerous animals adorn the cellestial globe as shaped by the stars indicating Taurus, Gemini, and pisces, in addition to Zodiac and other constellation figures. The figure eight in the Pacific Ocean (see image #9) is known as an "Analemma" and was designed to track the path of the sun across the Earth throughout the months and seasons of the year. The pair of globes are 15” in diameter in stands and they are floor globes, versus the more common table top 12” globes. The overall width including the stand and accompanying 2 1/2” perimeter ring, is 20 1/2”. Overall height is 39”. The globes are particularly clear and easy to read, and the mahogany stands with turned pedestals resting on original brass castors are in fine condition There is even an operating 7 inch compass at the base of each globe covered by the original glass, one of which has a hairline. Each globe has a brass hour disc at the North Pole. Since the stars and make-up of the constellations was a constant, and for the most part, unchanged, celestial globes were made in advance of their terrestrial partners, where the geography was in a constant state of flux with new discoveries being made on a continuing basis. Therefore, there was typically a disparity between the ages of most pairs of globes. . The globes are mounted in their original tripod mahogany stands, and are very attractive with both aesthetic and historic interest. Cary globes are well represented in museums around the world. Maps and globes are becoming increasingly important and gaining strong appeal. These 19th century Cary globes in excellent condition are certain to fill a void in a collection of maritime items, or they can simply stand alone and distinguish themselves as floor items. Images: 1) Pair of Globes 2) Terrestrial Globe on Stand 3) North America 4) Alaska/ Russian America 5) British Isles and Western Europe 6) South America 7) Captain Cook Journey 8) Pacific Northwest 9) Analemma 10) Terrestrial Globe Close-up 11) Compass (at base) 12) Terrestrial Globe Label 13) Celestial Globe on Stand 14) Celestial Globe Close-up 15) Constellation 16) Constellation 17) Constellation 18) Constellation 19) Close up of Perimeter with months 20) Celestial Globe Label.


  • Creator
    Cary (Maker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39 in. (99.06 cm)Width: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)Depth: 20.5 in. (52.07 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Régence (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1820s-1840s
  • Condition
    Superficial hairline to the glass atop the bottom compass at base of one of the globes (see image).
  • Seller Location
    Incline Village, NV
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU973210712241

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