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A very rare pair of 19th-Century French 7½-inch diameter inflatable table globes,
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A very rare pair of 19th-Century French 7½-inch diameter inflatable table globes,

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A very rare pair of 19th-Century French 7½-inch diameter inflatable table globes,
made from untanned calfskin with an inner bladder of (later) rubber, inflatable via a metal valve at the North Pole, the terrestrial BREVET D'INVENTION GLOBE TERRESTRE dressé PAR AMBROISE TARDIEU d'après l'invention de A. WEINLING ET CIE 1831 A STRASBOURG chez Marin et Schmidt, with equatorial and meridian of Paris graduated in degrees, the ecliptic graduated in twelve times 1-30°, the continents delicately coloured in outline in yellow and brown and showing towns, cities, rivers and mountains (fading and loss of detail, particularly to eastern Asia, some staining, particularly to South Pole);
the celestial Brevet d'Invention. GLOBE CÉLESTE Position des étoiles fixes pour l'année 1840 dressé par SPIES d'après l'invention de WEINLING & CIE Lith. de Simon P. et F. A STRASBOURG chez Marin & Schmidt, with equatorial graduated in degrees, the ecliptic graduated in twelve times 1-30°, the stars shown to six orders of magnitude according to a key and labelled with Greek characters, the constellations depicted by lines joining the stars and labelled in French (some staining, some fading with detail loss);
both globes with a metal catch to secure the North polar axis pin to the meridian, and an iron pointer for the (missing) hour dial, the green-painted meridian with a printed paper circle graduated in degrees and with graduations for hours and climates in one quadrant, the horizon graduated in degrees, days of the month and days of the houses of the Zodiac with pictoral representations and compass directions, the four horizon quadrant supports each papered on one side with tables for the latitudes and longitudes of thirty-two cities and towns on the terrestial, and tables for the ascension and declination of the constellations Rigel, Navire, Géminaux, Ophieux, Taureau, Croix, Aigle and Cassiopée on the celestial, these supports raised on a baluster-turned fruitwood column and circular plinth base -- 51.5cm. (20¼in.) high

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Literature
DEKKER, E., Globes at Greenwich (Oxford, 1999)
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The National Maritime Museum holds a copy of the celestial globe of this pair in their collection in Greenwich, London, as described in the Dekker catalogue (pp.407-8). The printed material on the meridian is the same as that shown here, and the four quadrant supports bear on both sides all the applied papers to be found on this pair. Little appears to be recorded of any of Marin & Schmidt (fl.1831-1840), Ambroise Tardieu (1788-1841) or Weinlich & Cie. A copy of the terrestrial globe is to be found in the collection of the Staatlicher Mathematisch-Physikalischer Salon, Dresden.
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