Cary's New Celestial Globe, on which are carefully laid down the whole of the Stars and Nebulae contained in the Catalogues of Wollaston, Herschel, Bode, Piazzi, Zach and c. calculated to the year 1820.
1818 (dated) 40 x 15 in (101.6 x 38.1 cm)
A fine 15-inch example of Cary's New Celestial Globe. The stars and constellations depicted are derived from the astronomical catalogues of Wollaston, Herschel, Bode, Piazzi, Zach and others, calculated to the Year 1820. This globe was made and sold by J. and W. Cary 181 Strand, London 1818. The sphere is made up of twelve hand-colored engraved gores laid to the ecliptic poles laid on a wood and plaster sphere, with the axis through the celestial poles, table giving the stars to eight orders of magnitude, with nebulæ, and a note below the cartouche explains the labelling with numbers, Greek characters, underlining and initials. The constellations are depicted by mythical beasts and figures and scientific instruments.
This is a 15-inch celestial floor globe, the sphere with 12 gores printed with constellation figures, set within a wooden horizon ring with a printed calendar and zodiac scales pasted down, raised on a wooden three-legged stand marked NEWTON LONDON.
BThe hand-colored engraved paper horizon shows degrees of amplitude and azimuth, compass directions, days of the month and of the houses of the Zodiac, supported on four quadrant supports to a central turned column with three inswept legs.
John Cary (1754 - 1835) was a London based cartographer active in the early part of the 19th century. Ronald Vere Tooley, the prominent English map historian, writes of Cary, "As an engraver he was elegant and exact with fine clear lettering and great delicacy of touch." Cary began his work as an engraver, cartographer, and globe maker in 1776 with his New and Correct English Atlas. This important atlas represented a new phase in cartography where accuracy and detail rose in prominence over the decorative embellishments of the 18th century. This change was indicative of the times when travel and commerce were expanding globally as never before. Cary's mastery of both engraving and cartography resulted in a series of seminal works that redefined mapmaking in the early 19th century. His stupendous Cary's New Universal Atlas, published in 1808, set the standard for all cartographers who followed. Cary reissued this seminal atlas in 1811, 1819, 1824, 1828, 1833, 1836 and 1844. Cary also did considerable work on the English Ordinance Survey prior to 1805. His cartographic work particularly inspired the Edinburgh school of cartography as represented by John Pinkerton and John Thomson. In America, Cary's work was used as the basis for Tanner's important New American Atlas. Cary's last published atlas appeared posthumously in 1844, however, by 1850 Cary's work was being carried on by his sons and other well-known cartographers including James Wyld, John Tallis & Company, and Crutchley.
Very good. Some paper corrosion on the horizon and minimal on the globe. Minimal old restoration on the globe; some repainting to horizon ring with some losses. See images. Additional photography availale upon request.