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CARY, John (circa 1754-1835) & William (circa 1760-1825), London

CARY, John (circa 1754-1835) & William (circa 1760-1825), London
CARY'S Pocket GLOBE; agreeable to the latest DISCOVERIES LONDON Pub'd by J & W Cary Strand Apr.1 1791
A 3-inch (7.7cm.) diameter terrestrial pocket globe, made up of twelve hand-coloured printed paper gores, the equatorial graduated in degrees, the ecliptic graduated in days, the oceans showing the tracks of the Resolution and other vessels of discovery, New Holland and Diemens Land still joined but showing the Bass Strait, the polar circles coloured green (some old surface abrasions and minor cracks to the north pole), with steel axis pin, brass meridian half-circle, raised on a baluster-turned fruitwood column and plinth base -- 6 3/8-inches (16.2cm.) high.

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Peter van der Krogt Old Globes in the Netherlands (Utrecht, 1984)
Tom Lamb and Jeremy P. Collins (ed.) The World In Your Hands (London, 1994)

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An early Cary globe. The World In Your Hands notes that: "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" (p. 64). This globe is described and illustrated by Van der Krogt as Car 1: "This little globe is very up-to-date; Mackenzie's explorations in Canada (in 1789) are already recorded".

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