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    Sale 5428

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 319

    An English 9-inch manuscript globe of Mars


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    An English 9-inch manuscript globe of Mars
    Made by Malby after maps by Richard Anthony Proctor for Captain Hans Busk, circa 1873
    composed of twelve [stencilled?] gores and two polar calottes; the continents coloured cream/orange and labelled in manuscript by a calligraphic hand: LAPLACE LAND, SECCHI CONTINENT, MÄDLER CONTINENT, KEPLER LAND, DODEKA LAND, BROWNING LAND, PHILLIP'S ISLAND, JACOB ISLAND, DAWES CONTINENT, LOCKYER LAND, HERSCHEL ISLAND CONTINENT, CASSINI LAND, FONTANA LAND; the seas coloured green and labelled in manuscript: HUGGINS INLET, MARALDI SEA, TYCHO SEA, BESSEL INLET, SCHRÖTER SEA, DAWES SEA, LOCKYER SEA, PHILLIPS SEA, DELAMBRE SEA, DE LA RUE OCEAN, DAWES' STRAIT, ARAGO STRAIT, DAWES FORKED BAY, BEER SEA, DAWES OCEAN, ASHLEY LAKE, HOOKE SEA; the ice caps are painted on in white and labelled in manuscript ICE (slight cracking to South Pole), a painted white island in De La Rue Ocean is labelled in manuscript DAWES' ICE ISLAND, (scratching and chips to varnish of globe), supported in a brass semi-circular meridian, on a turned mahogany stand.
    14in. (35.5cm.) high

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    A globe, held at the Whipple Museum, Cambridge, bears a brass plaque reading: A GLOBE OF THE PLANET 'MARS' Scale 1 in to 450 Miles Constructed by Captain Hans Busk, of Trinity College Cambridge And presented by him to his College. MARCH 1873. The stands, size and cartography of these two globes are identical. This globe differs only in Herschel Island Continent, and the placement of the manuscript names.

    Captain Hans Busk, the younger (1815-1882), is known as an army reformer. He is recorded as having commissioned Malby to make martian globes from Proctor's charts (Proctor, 1873). Other than this, his connection with Martian cartography is unclear, but it is noted that he was a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (cf. ODNB).

    Richard Anthony Proctor (1837-1888), the author of several books on popular astronomy, published maps of Mars based on telescopic observations made by the astronomer William Rutter Dawes (1762-1868) -- after whom many of the features are named -- during the apparition of 1864-1865. The inlets and straits on this globe appear similar to those later seen by Giovanni Schiaparelli (1835-1910). Proctor was a proponent of the theory of the plurality of life on other planets.

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    Dekker, E. & Van der Krogt, P. Globes from the Western World (London: 1993), p.160 for a similar copy.
    Proctor, R.A. Other worlds than ours (Lodon: 1870), p.92 for the cartography.
    Proctor, R.A. 'The planet Mars: an essay by a Whewellite', in Cornhill Magazine, vol.28, 1873 pp.88-100.