A New Terrestrial Globe.

£6,500

[London: At the Sign of the Globe and the Sun], 1754.

A 3 inch (6.8 cm) diameter Nathaniel Hill pocket globe in fishskin covered wood case with two brass hook-and-eye clasps. 12 copper-engraved hand-coloured gores over papier-maché and plaster sphere, case lined with celestial maps of the northern and southern skies. Excellent condition.

[London: At the Sign of the Globe and the Sun], 1754.

A 3 inch (6.8 cm) diameter Nathaniel Hill pocket globe in fishskin covered wood case with two brass hook-and-eye clasps. 12 copper-engraved hand-coloured gores over papier-maché and plaster sphere, case lined with celestial maps of the northern and southern skies. Excellent condition.

The Terrestrial Globe shows New Holland, Dimens Land, New Zealand partly delineated, California as a peninsula, and the Northwest Coast of America as “unknown parts.” The track of Admiral Anson (1740) is drawn, and the tradewinds are indicated by red arrows,

“Nathaniel Hill (fl. 1746-1768) had impeccable credentials. He was apprenticed to Richard Cushee who at that time was carrying out survey work for John Senex’s map of Surrey. Hill, too,was initially a surveyor, working in Yorkshire, the Fens, and around London. There obviously is a strong link between surveying, making maps and globes, and engraving. Hill was involved in all three. Remarkably few globes by Hill have survived” (Globes and the Mechanical Universe p 57).

Dekker Globes from the Western World fig 56; Van Der Krogt Old Globes in the Netherlands Hill 1.

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