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CUSHEE, Richard

A New Terrestrial Globe Drawn from the Best Authorities by R'd Cushee containing the latest Discoveries 1731

London, 1731
A pair of 15 inch (38 cms.) table globes, with original mahogany stand and brass meridian rings, standing 26.5 inches high (67 cms.) overall. Some light browning and cracking not inconsistent with the period, professionally repaired, otherwise in good condition.
A superb pair of globes which are PREVIOUSLY UNRECORDED. Only the existence of a pair of 3 inch and 12 inch globes are known. Richard Cushee (1696-1733) was apprenticed to the map and globe maker Charles Price in 1710 and made free in 1721. In 1729 he produced a pair of 12 inch (30 cms) globes which were sold by the noted instrument maker Thomas Wright amongst others. In 1731 he published a book in partnership with Wright entitled “The Description and use of the Globes and the Orrey”. In the same year Cushee produced this larger 15 inch (38 cms.) pair of globes, presumably also sold by Wright. Cartographically it displays a peninsular California, the insular theory was still being corrected at the time. The most notable feature is however the depiction of Australia. In this he connects the east coast south to include Tasmania and northwards with the York Peninsula and New Guinea. But in doing this he extends the coast eastwards into the Pacific Ocean with a bulge to include the New Hebrides. Dekker (1999) ‘Globes at Greenwich’ pp. 49-50, 54, 128-9, 319-21; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number: 7509

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