Terrestrial and celestial pocket globe

Terrestrial and celestial pocket globe. Geographical details on the terrestrial sphere show the place of Cook's death, which is marked: 'Owhyhee / here C. Cook / was killed.' Tasmania is drawn as an island. The 'lost island', 'I.Grand' off the coast of Argentina, sighted by Antonio de la Roche in 1675 and never sighted again, is marked 'very doubtfull'. In the south polar region, the most southern point depicted is South Shetland. Enderby's Land is not yet indicated. The tracks of the voyages of five explorers are shown including, for example, those of Cook, Gore and Clerke. A total of seven oceans are named. An earlier edition of the terrestrial globe described here, was sold by Christie's, London, on 12 May 1993.

Astronomical details on the inside of the case show constellations, outlined by figures and contour areas. There is a labelled magnitude table above the title cartouche. The Milky Way is drawn but not labelled. The Magellanic Clouds are labelled. A total of 46 stars and 3 star groups are named. The 48 Ptolemaic constellations and four of the non-Ptolemaic constellations are drawn. Three of the southern constellations are drawn, as well as those of Plancius, five of Hevelius and those of Lacaille, except Reticulum and Pictor. For full details about the cartography and construction of this globe please refer to the related publication.

Object Details

ID: GLB0061
Collection: Astronomical and navigational instruments; Charts and maps
Type: Pocket globe
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Charles Smith & Son
Date made: 1834
People: Cook, James; Charles Clerke John Gore Vancouver, George Jean-Francois de La Perouse Charles Smith & Son
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Caird Collection
Measurements: Diameter: 105 mm; Diameter of sphere: 96 mm
Parts: Terrestrial and celestial pocket globe
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