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Terrestrial and celestial globes
signed by J. & W. Cary, London, circa 1798-1816
Courtesy Geography and Maps Division, Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.



These globes show England's efforts to gain intellectual and physical control of the world. The terrestrial globe incorporates information obtained from Captain Cook and other English navigators, while the celestial globe incorporates information obtained by the Astronomer Royal and other notable English astronomers. Together they may have been used for scientific educational purposes and as indications of wealth and prestige. Since globes were expensive to produce, they often remained in print for many years. The maps that cover these globes were drawn and engraved by John Cary, and the globes were marketed by the firm of J[ohn] and W[illiam] Cary. They are essentially the same globes as the ones that Cary first advertised in 1798.

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Title image: Gregorian reflecting telescope made in London by James Short for John Winthrop/Courtesy Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University, Cambridge Massachusetts

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