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Collection:
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Author:
Wilson, James
Date:
1822
Short Title:
Terrestrial Globe ... Celestial Globe.
Publisher:
James Wilson
Albany
Type:
Globe
Obj Height cm:
7
Obj Width cm:
7
Scale 1:
110,000,000
Note:
The date of the globes is an estimate. Paired with a three inch celestial globe. On a turned wooden stand with four black ball feet, full height from base to top, 5 inches. Warner says that Wilson changed the business name from Wilson & Co. to Wilson & Sons in 1822. The celestial globe this is paired with is by Wilson & Sons, so I assume 1822 as the only year globes were made with both business names. The globe is very well engraved, showing much detail in the continents for its small size. Longitude is given from both Washington and London. Kimball notes that David Wilson, James' son, did the engraving for a new edition of the three inch globes in the early 1820's, which I assume are these globes. David later had brief success as a miniature painter, utilizing the same delicate engraving skills which he applied to these extremely well engraved globes. The three inch globe was also sold in pocket form with the celestial sphere on the inside of the case and on a stand with horizon ring and brass meridian. On this turned wooden stand version, the globe is mounted horizontally, an unusual presentation. Wilson made the first globes in the United States, with 1810 his first year of production and 1850 (by Cyrus Lancaster) his last.
Reference:
Yonge p69; Warner p136; Kimball p22.
World Area:
World
Subject:
Celestial
Full Title:
A three inch Terrestrial Globe by Wilson's & Co. Alby. (with) A Celestial Globe, With all the Stars of the 1st. 2d. & 3d. Magnitudes. By Wilson & Son's Alby.
List No:
3122.000
Series No:
1
Publication Author:
Wilson, James
Pub Date:
1822
Pub Title:
A three inch Terrestrial Globe by Wilson's & Co. Alby. (with) A Celestial Globe, With all the Stars of the 1st. 2d. & 3d. Magnitudes. By Wilson & Son's Alby.
Pub Reference:
Yonge p69; Warner p136; Kimball p22.
Pub Note:
See note field above.
Pub List No:
3122.000
Pub Type:
Globe
Pub Maps:
1
Pub Height cm:
7
Pub Width cm:
7
Image No:
3122000
Institution:
Rumsey Collection
Ownership Statement:
Copyright 1998
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