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Fine American Globe Handbook & Catalogue

Globe Use/ Education/ Trade Catalogue. GILMAN JOSLIN & SON [Boston, c. 1880]
How To Use A Globe. Joslin's Terrestrial And Celestial Globes. . (7 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches)
Octavo in original, dark brown cloth covers with title & globe printed in gilt. [2] 44pp. [2]. Slight chipping to back cover, else fine condition.


A very well-preserved copy of this scarce instructional manual for the use of the globes produced by this highly successful Boston firm. Resourcefully, the hand-book serves a number of other functions. Much of the text provides lesson plans for the teachers using the globe in the classroom by posing several problems that might be answered through the study of globes. This stands to reason since schools were an enormous market for Joslin's globes; so much so that it is asserted in the introduction to this work that "the City of Boston...has recently purchased for their use one or more of Joslin's globes for every school-room above the primary grade throughout the city." This work also served as a catalogue of the globes that the company offered, in which each is described in detail with prices given for each size.
Gilman Joslin (1804-c.1886) began working for the globe maker in 1837, but by 1839, he was producing globes under his own name. Joslin became one of Boston's most prominent businessmen, whose number activities went well beyond his successful globe business. He held at least two patents, including one for an elevator, and at one time or another headed both the Atlantic Works of East Boston and the Coffer Dam Company. He was also one of the first in Boston in 1839 to take a daguerreotype. Joslin's son became a partner in the firm in 1874.

cf. Rittenhouse, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 100-103.

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