761A: GLOBE - DELAMARCHE, C.F. Globe Terrestre; Rédigé
GLOBE - DELAMARCHE, C.F. Globe Terrestre; Rédigé astronomiquement, et où la trouvant les trois voyages du Capit. Cook ...
Paris: [ n.d., c.1806]. 12-inch diameter (305 mm) copper-engraved terrestrial table globe made up of twelve hand-colored gores and two polar calottes, varnished, on original painted gesso meridian ring, with engraved hour circle and brass pointer mounted to top and onlaid papers graduated in zones and degrees, supported by original stand; painted gesso horizon bar with onlaid papers graduated in degrees, days of the month and houses of the Zodiac on four baluster-turned walnut legs united by a cross stretcher (overall height 59 cm). Condition: on globe, areas of both hemispheres infilled and restored, with some old cracks and small abrasions; on stand, some old cracks and abrasions to horizon bar with occasional discoloration to papers. rare globe by french lawyer turned cartographer charles françois delamarche (1740-1817). The globe traces in detail the track of Captain James Cook (1728-1779) in his two great ships, Endeavour and Resolution, during his three epic voyages of discovery. Although the relative accuracy of Delamarche's globe indeed owes much to the British Captain Cook's exploration of vast areas of the North and South Pacific, he also credits the reports of fellow Frenchman La Pérouse (1741-1788?). La Pérouse is renowned for his own extensive maritime explorations of the North and South Pacific, including the coasts of Alaska, California, Japan, New Guinea, New Holland (now Australia), Russia and certain Pacific islands before his mysterious disappearance (his wreck off the shore of the Solomon island of Vanikoro was still a mystery at the time this globe was produced). Nonetheless, Delamarche's globe exhibits several cartographic deficiencies, such as the omission of the Mackenzie River in northern Canada, which was explored by the British in 1789; its existence had long been reported by la Pérouse and other sources. See Peter Van Der Krogt, Old Globes in the Netherlands (pp. 98-103) and Stevenson, Terrestrial and Celestial Globes. p. 190.