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    Sale 5429

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    24 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 106

    A 3-inch pocket globe

    LANE, CIRCA 1810

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    A 3-inch pocket globe
    Lane, circa 1810
    The cartouche reading LANE's Improved GLOBE LONDEON below this J.Mynde Sc., made up of 12 hand-coloured engraved gores by J. Mynde and two axis pins, the equatorial graduated in alternatingly coloured degrees numbred by 10° and hours labelled twice in Roman numerals, the graduated ecliptic alternately coloured by degree and numbered by 10° with the symbols of the Zodiac given, ungraduated Meridian of Greenwich, tropics and arctics shown and labelled, latitude line 80°-0°-80° along 135° West graduated and alternately coloured numbered by 10°; the antipodes to London shown, a four-point compass rose to the Ethiopic Ocean, recording monsoons in the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, Australia named New Holland and New South Wales, Port Jackson and Botany Bay labelled, also Dimen's Land, de Wit's Land and Lewin's Land, Tasmania depicted as an island called Dunens Land, New Zealand shown but no Antarctic land, the Chinese Wall is depicted, California is a peninsula and Canada has no northern coast. Track of Anson's voyage is recorded and labelled Anson's going out and Anson's return, also track of the Endeavour, Cook's going out 1776 and Cn. King's return 1780. (slight abrasions to varnish.)
    3in. (7.5cm.) diameter


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    This pocket globe belongs to a tradition of reworked copper-plates engraved by James Mynde (fl. 1740-1770) and originally issued by James Ferguson (1710-1776). In 1757, when Ferguson was forced to declare himself bankrupt, his plates were purchased by travelling lecturer and instrument-maker Benjamin Martin (1704-1782). Martin himself went bankrupt in 1782, and the plates ultimately came into the possession of Dudley Adams (1762-1839), before being reworked and issued as 'Lane's improved globe'. For an example of the Dudley Adams globe see Christie's King Street, 26 September 2007, lot 2.

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