Cary 12-Inch Terrestrial Globe

The cartouche in the north Pacific reads “CARY’S / NEW / TERRESTRIAL GLOBE, / Drawn from the most recent / GEOGRAPHICAL WORKS / shewing the whole of the New Discoveries / with the / TRACKS of the PRINCIPAL NAVIGATORS / and every improvement in Geography / to the present Time. / LONDON: / London Published by G. & J. Cary, St James’s St Jan. 7th 1838”
A water mark on the map gores reads “C WILMOT / 1837”
The globe is held in a 4-legged wooden stand, with a wooden horizon circle and a brass meridian.
John Cary was a globe maker in London who began in business in 1791. He introduced his new 12-inch terrestrial globe, and the celestial mate, in 1798. This example is dated 1838. The signature refers to John Cary’s sons, George and John Jr., who worked together from around 1820 to 1852.
Ref: Herbert George Fordham, John Cary: Engraver, Map, Chart and Print-Seller and Globe-Maker, 1754 to 1835 (Cambridge, 1925)
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Physical Description
mahogany (overall material)
paper (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 23 in; 58.42 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
PH*392869 B
catalog number
392869 B
accession number
Measuring & Mapping
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Elsie Howland Quinby

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