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Rare, Inflatable Terrestrial Globe

Globe/ Cartographic Invention. POCOCK, G. & E. [Bristol, c. 1830]
G. Pocock's Portable Globe Twelve Feet in circumference.
Diameter approx. 48 inches when inflated; two sets of 12 gores on paper, printed by color lithography, 8 5/8-inch diameter ring at base; housed in original case, somewhat worn with some text rubbed away; paper of globe bright and fresh, some wear and worming mainly at base but excellent of this kind.


A very rare, remarkable pedagogical globe intended to be inflated with an air pump at its base. This is the largest of the three sizes of this kind of globe produced by Pocock and would have inflated to four feet in diameter. There is a separate sheet glued to the globe's case stating that a copy of it was given in 1830 to young Prince George of Cumberland by his parents. On the globe itself considerable voyage information is given as well as much information concerning the former English colonies in North America. Ristow mentions Pocock's globe as a very early example of the use of lithography in England.

Pocock headed his own boarding school, Pocock's Academy, for "young gentleman." The ingenious and industrious Pocock had a number of inventions to his credit, including a spanking machine and a light family carriage dubbed the "charvolent", which was powered, successfully we are given to believe, by a series of kites.

Dekker, Globes at Greenwich, GLBO230; Ristow, W. in Five Centuries of Map Printing, (Woodward, D., ed.), p. 101.

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