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[COOK] Newton’s new & improved terrestrial pocket globe 1817

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London : John Newton, 1st January 1817. Terrestrial pocket globe, 3 inches in diameter, engraved gores with original hand colour over papier-mâché and plaster sphere, the surface in fine order with a recent wax applied for protection, two metal pins resting the globe in the original publisher’s shagreen case, titled Newton’s improved pocket celestial globe, with engraved diagrams of the constellations, the lips coloured red, original metal hinge and two hook and eye clasps. A fine example of a rare pocket globe, sitting perfectly within its case.

A rare and attractive miniature pocket globe showing Cook’s third voyage.

John Newton (1759-1844) was the founder of a firm of globe makers in London, established in the 1780s and continuing on, with the involvement of Newton’s sons, throughout the nineteenth century. This small terrestrial globe in its original case shows the track of Cook’s third voyage of 1776-80, with its return to England under the commands of Clerke and Gore. New Holland is shown separated from Van Diemen’s Land, Port Jackson and Botany Bay are marked, and interestingly ‘French Discoveries’ are captioned along the South Australian coastline, a reference to the Baudin expedition. An analemma is drawn over the Pacific Ocean and the ‘Antipodes of London’ are marked south of New Zealand.


Dekker, Elly, et al. Globes at Greenwich: A Catalogue of the Globes and Armillary Spheres in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. London: Oxford University Press and the National Maritime Museum, 1999, pp. 424 – 425 (GLBO58)

Sumira, Sylvia. The art and history of globes. London : The British Library, 2014, p. 189 (the 1831 edition, illustrated).