London, South Kensington
3 May 2007
INFLATABLE BALLOON TERRESTRIAL GLOBE -- POCOCK, George (1774-1843) and EBENEZER (fl.1830). G. Pocock's Portable Globe, twelve feet in circumference. [Bristol c.1830]. Large paper terrestrial globe made up of two sets of 12 coloured lithographed paper half gores, borders hand-coloured, inflated diameter c. 120cm. In its original card box (edges rubbed), with the original tape/scale measure, paper on linen and 8pp letterpress instructions entitled "Remarks".
A very unusual balloon globe to be inflated to a diameter of four feet. This was the largest of the three sizes of balloon globe produced by Pocock. George Pocock settled in Bristol and set up his own boarding school for 'young gentlemen'. He was something of an amateur inventor and constructed a carriage powered by Kites, and a spanking machine. The letterpress instructions explain how to inflate the balloon and how to use the special tape scale, with which one can calculate time around the world, longitude, latitude, distance, and time of sunrise and sunset. The survival of the tape is very unusual. Dekker, Globes at Greenwich GLB 0230.
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