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A Very Attractive American Table Globe

Terrestrial Globe/ American West. JOSLIN, Gilman/ BOYNTON, G. W. [Boston, c. 1890]
Joslin’s/ TERRESTRIAL GLOBE/ containing all/ THE LATEST DISCOVERIES/ AND/ Geographical Improvements,/ also the Tracks of/ the most celebrated circumnavigators./ Compiled from Smith’s New English Globe, with/ additions and improvements by Annin & Smit. 12 inches diam.; 18 inches high.
Globe surmounted by brass hour pointer, within calibrated brass meridian, the circular horizon band with engraved paper calendar and zodiac. In original cherry stand with four baluster and ring turned legs joined by an X-form stretcher, ending in top form feet; stand in fine condition. A few repaired cracks to horizon ring & some staining but overall clear & very good condition. Globe overall very crisp, bright & clear with very light scattered staining, a fairly large circular crack in the northern Pacific with some further cracks emanating from it but very well-repaired with no loss; aside from this, excellent condition.

   $10,500


A very attractive, bright American globe, updated particularly in the American West. North and South Dakota (admitted 1889), Montana (1889), Washington (1889), and Idaho (1890) are all shown as states. The globe includes voyage tracks from Cook's to the U. S. Exploring Expedition of Charles Wilkes (1838-1842). The Joslin firm modeled their tables globe, stands included, very closely on those produced in England by Charles Smith and his successors, as is stated in the this globe's title. Copying an English globe was to be recognized by Joslin's American market as a badge of quality.

The Boston globemaker, Gilman Joslin (1804-c. 1886), was America’s most prolific and successful globe maker for much of the 19th century. He began making globes for Josiah Loring in 1837 and took over the business two years later. He was subsequently joined by his son in the mid 1870s. Joslin & Son’s globe handbook states that their globes were useful for instructing students in geography, and in fact the handbook provided teachers with lessons that entailed the use of Joslin's globes. So successful were his marketing efforts in the educational market that it was said that every classroom in the Boston school system had at one time a Joslin globe. They were also marketed for the office and library. The handbook enumerated various advantages of Joslin globes:

“They may be depended upon as accurate, the plates having lately been revised to correspond with all recent political changes. All the maps are printed directly from copper plates, and are not lithographed. The meridians are accurately graduated. The varnish is warranted not to crack or peel off, a common failing. The stands are thoroughly and firmly fitted together, and the general workmanship throughout is of the first order.”



Joslin’s Hand-Book, pp. 3-4; Warner, “The Geography of Heaven and Earth,” Rittenhouse Journal of the American Scientific Instrument Enterprise, Vol. 2, No. 3 (1987), pp. 100-03; Yonge, pp. 37-38; cf. Dekker & van der Krogt, Globes from the Western World, p. 126.

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