The following twelve lots by the Columbus-Verlag provide a remarkable commentary on world history and politics in the course of the first half of the 20th century, marking the Russian revolution (lot 55), the first transatlantic Zeppelin flights (lot 57), German and Italian expansion prior to and during World War II (lots 61 and 62), and the ending of the British Empire (lot 64). Founded in Berlin in 1909 by Paul Oestergaard, and working from Stuttgart after 1945, the company produced an extensive range of globes developed by a series of cartographers including Dr. R. Neuse, C. Luther and W. Bockisch.
COLUMBUS-VERLAG (1909-), Berlin
ERDGLOBUS Bearbeitet von Oberrealschuldir. Dr. NEUSE Gast. im Kartogr. Inst. COLUMBUS-VERLAG G.m.b.H. Berlin-Lichterfelde. 3.
An 8-inch (20cm.) diameter terrestrial table globe, made up of twelve colour printed gores and two polar calottes, the equatorial graduated in degrees, no ecliptic shown, the countries outlined in colour, the oceans showing the currents and shipping routes (light surface abrasions, not affecting image), with brass half meridian ring divided into two quadrants, on turned wooden column and plinth -- 14in. (35.5cm.) high
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