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1840 Lopez Folding Pocket Globe

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1840 Lopez Folding Pocket Globe


A very rare Spanish pocket globe!


Globo Terrestre.
  1840 (undated)     6.75 x 15 in (17.145 x 38.1 cm)


This is an uncommon pocket globe issued around 1840 in Madrid by Pedro Martín de López. The small globe is broken down into six gores, which are attached to one another along the Equator. Originally strings at the top and bottom of the gores could be tied to force the pieces into a somewhat globular form. In this example the strings, while partially attached, are fragile and unusable.

This globe is extremely rare. Although undated, most publications by López's Establecimiento Geografico de Lopez date to the 1830s or 1840s. We are aware of only one other example.


Francisco López Rubio (1895 - 1965) was a Spanish cartoonist and humorist active in Madrid during the second half of the 19th century. López Rubio was born in Granada in 1895 and relocated to Madrid to pursue a career as a cartoonist in 1915. His work, which has an art deco aesthetic, is defined by simple lines and geometric color blocks. His more famous younger brother, Jose Lopez Rubio y Herreros, was songwriter for Paramount Pictures and was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the Bogart film, Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Learn More...


Good. A few minor stains. Strings are loose. Wear where originally bound together. Size, as noted, reflects the map as it appears in image. In reality, the left part of the image is connected to the right part, forming a complete circle roughly 6.5 inches high and 7 inches wide.