Celestial and terrestrial globes, 1766.
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actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Celestial and terrestrial globes, 1766.

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This pair of globes were made by George Adams, instrument maker to the king, for King George III. The terrestrial globe shows the route of Admiral George Anson's (1697-1762) voyage round the world from 1740-1744. The celestial globe shows constellations in the southern hemisphere based on Nicholas Lacaille's observations at the Cape of Good Hope from 1740-1744. The new constellations were named after scientific instruments so Adams could use his own instruments as models.

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