MCB was the standard form of signing globes of Carl Johann Sigmund Bauer (1780-1857), son of globe-maker and engraver Johann Bernard (1752-1839) and brother to Peter (1783-1847). The whole family of globe-makers produced similar and distinctive globes, and an apparent success story for all three of them were the 1¾-inch diameter "The World and its Inhabitants" terrestrial globes. If signed at all, these are found with the initials usually of Carl Bauer rather than JJB or PB, on them, although the spheres are extremely similar to those produced by his father and brother. They are more commonly found, however, either unsigned or with the initials MPS, standing, perhaps, for Marke Polar Sterne, and the company producing these was almost certaintly connected with, or actually the same as, Carl Bauer's workshop. "The World and its Inhabitants" globes comprises a 1¾-inch diameter terrestrial globe in a box, the inside base of which is applied with a long strip of hand-coloured figures, depicting the different national characters of the inhabitants of the world. Many of these are known and recorded, with variations both in the illustrations and in their number. What is not recorded, however, is a copy of "The World and its Animals", and one can only wonder how many animals, and of what sort, were depicted on the strip now missing from this Lot.