Price’s terrestrial globe

Description

This globe by the English mapmaker Charles Price (1679?–1733) was produced in partnership with the mathematician Benjamin Scott (1690–1751).

One of its key features is the marking of sea currents and trade winds, together with lines of magnetic variation devised by Edmond Halley. Its context and audience was an increasingly outward looking and commercially-minded British audience. In its content the globe closely follows Price’s large double-hemisphere world map of around 1712.

The globe has sustained considerable damage in the past and exhibits a number of old repairs, over which somebody has redrawn in ink, with varying success, the shapes and names of. There are also further, possibly older additions in ink which include the drawing in of the east coast of Australia. The same hand has added words alluding to the presence of coral in the location of the Great Barrier Reef.

Full title:
[A terrestrial globe signed] Caro: Price Londini Fecit.
Created:
1715
Format:
Globe
Creator:
Charles Price
Copyright:
© British Library
Usage terms
Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike licence
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Maps G.15

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