Nicolas Lane (sometimes erroneously called Nathanial) was responsible for issuing some elegant late eighteenth- and early nineteenth century pocket globes, notable for their attractive cartography and strong coloring. Little is known of him: his first globe, of 2-inch diameter, appeared in 1776. In 1783 he was recorded as living in the parish of Christ Church, Southwark, London. Later, 3-inch diameter globes appeared with Lane's name on. It is unclear whether Lane was alive to issue the early nineteenth century "Lane's Globe"s, or whether his stock of gores was bought, perhaps following his death, reissued and updated, and marketed under Lane's name. They did certainly appear bearing the names of several other vendors of globes, such as Silberrad, Jacob & Halse and others.