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NEWTON, John

Newton's New Terrestrial Globe

London, 1835
The sphere is one and three quarter inches in diameter and made of papier-mache with a plaster coating and 12 copper engraved printed paper gores running from north to south poles affixed, hand-coloured and varnished by the publisher. The sphere is mounted by the use of two polar metal pivots. The case consists of two concave wooden hemispheres made of wood covered in embossed paper and painted black, joined at the equator by a brass hinge, there are two brass hook-and-eye fastenings. Both hemispheres bear 12 gores printed with astronomical phenomena. The rim bears the names of the zodiac. In the centre is an image of the sun surrounded by the earth in the four seasons. The lower hemisphere bears an image of the earth at the centre and the phases of the moon around. In good condition.
John Newton (1759-1844) learnt the art of globe making from the engraver Thomas Bateman (c.1731-81) who had continued the business of his master Nathaniel Hill after his death in 1768. Following Bateman’s own death in 1781 the business was continued by Newton in partnership with the globemaker William Palmer. This relationship did not last long and Newton continued as a sole trader. In about 1814 he was joined by his son William Newton (1786-1861) and from 1830 by Miles Berry (1803?-43). Although this pocket globes is dated 1835 the latter’s name is not present.

Newton’s first pocket globe was a revision of that first published by Nathaniel Hill in 1754 and issued in partnership with Palmer in 1783. The study of globes although in some respects is extensive is very poor in identifying issues and states. This particular sized pocket globe is not traced in any of the standard literature.

The terrestrial globe depicts the circumnavigations of Capt. Cook. Provenance: private English collection for 20 years. Refer Dekker, Elly (1999). Globes at Greenwich p. 422; Krogt, Peter van der. (1984). ‘Old Globes in the Netherlands’ New 1; Worms & Baynton-Williams (2011).
Stock number: 8185

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