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JOHNSTON, William (1802-88) & Alexander Keith (1804-71), Edinburgh and London

JOHNSTON, William (1802-88) & Alexander Keith (1804-71), Edinburgh and London
TERRESTRIAL GLOBE, by W. & A.K. JOHNSTON, LIMITED Geographers, Engravers & Printers, EDINBURGH AND LONDON A.J. NYSTROM & Co Sole United States Agents, CHICAGO
An 8-inch (20.3cm.) diameter terrestrial table globe, made up of twelve chromolithographed gores, the equatorial graduated in degrees and hours (in Roman numerals), the ecliptic graduated in degrees and showing the symbols of the houses of the zodiac, the oceans showing currents, shipping and cable routes, isothermals, the International Date Line, and analemma equation (some neat restoration), with metal axis pin and support mounted on copperised cast iron decorative tripod base with claw feet -- 12¾in. (32cm.) high overall

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Elly Dekker and Peter van der Krogt Globes from the Western World (London, 1993)

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William and Alexander Keith Johnston both worked for the Scottish globemakers Kirkwood & Sons until 1824, and then set up their own business in 1825, successfully publishing globes from the middle to the end of the 19th century. Dekker and van der Krogt state that: "The physical version [of their 30-inch globe] was the first of its kind made in Great Britain, and it won a number of medals at the Great Exhibition".

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