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[(?)THE EARTH and its Inhabitants]
A 1¾-inch (4.3cm.) diameter terrestrial miniature globe, made up of twelve hand coloured engraved gores, the equatorial and ecliptic both ungraduated, the continents coloured in outline, no Antarctic coastline shown (a few small, light dents, a little soiled), with a folding hand coloured engraved sheet depicting the world's inhabitants in 32 panels with titles in English, German and French (occasional spotting), the strip 55in. (140cm.) long, 2in. (5cm.) high, attached internally to the green paper covered box (worn, lacking lid)

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Lot Essay

Although unsigned, this globe would seem to be made by M.P.S. When compared with the lot xx (a globe signed M.P.S.), the engraved strip is the same, differing only in the sequence of the characters; the strip is made up of four separate sections pasted together, and the two central sections in this example are in reverse order to those in lot xx. The boxes both have the same dimensions and orange paper lining, but differ in the external covering: the paper covering of lot xx's box is of the same colour and type as the tab at the end of the character strip in this example, and the paper covering of this lot's box is the same colour and type as the character strip tab in lot xx. The different box colours could indicate the language of the edition, as lot xx has German text, whereas the text of this globe is in English (with the exception of the Germano-English hybrids North Pol and South Pol). Although few locations are named, the absence of an Antarctic coastline would indicate a late 18th/early 19th century dating, making it earlier than lot xx.


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