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A PAIR OF REGENCY TABLE GLOBES
A PAIR OF REGENCY TABLE GLOBES

BY J&W CARY, THE TERRESTRIAL DATED 1808

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A PAIR OF REGENCY TABLE GLOBES
BY J&W CARY, THE TERRESTRIAL DATED 1808
One celestial with baluster-turned ebonized ash stand, the other terrestrial, with a brown-stained baluster-turned fruitwood stand, each with a brass meridian ring and printed calendar ring, the terrestrial inscribed: Cary's/Terrestrial Globe/Deliniated/from the best Authorities extant/Exhibiting the different tracks of Captain Cook/and the new discoveries made by him and other circumnavigators/London/made & sold by J&W Cary/Strand Jan... 1808, the celestial inscribed: Cary's New Celestial Globe/on which are correctly laid down upwards of 3,500 stars/selected from the most accurate observations and calculated for the year 1800/With the extent of each Constellation precisely defined/by Mr. Gilpon of the Royal Society/Made by J&W Cary/Strand London...
19 in. (48 cm.) high, 20 in. (51 cm.) diameter (2)

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John Cary in partnership with his brother William were one of the foremost London map and globe sellers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. They built up a thriving and prosperous business, both as instrument makers and map publishers. Their first globes were published in 1791 and they were soon producing globes at four different diameters.

George and John Cary, sons of John Cary Senior (d. 1835), continued the family globe-making business started by John and William Cary in 1791. Together with the firms of Newton and Bardin, globes made by the Carys accounted for the majority of globes produced in England during the early 19th Century (see 'The World in Your Hands', Exhibition Catalogue, London, Christie's, 1994, pp. 64-5).
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