The cartouche reads “JOSLIN’S / Ten-Inch / CELESTIAL GLOBE / CONTAINING / all the Stars to the fifth Magnitude, inclusive. / From the Maps of the Stars, Published by the Society / for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. / Drawn and Engraved by W. B. Annin / BOSTON -- GILMAN JOSLIN.”
This globe is supported on Joslin’s “full wood stand” with four short wooden legs, a wooden horizon circle and a brass meridian.
Gilman Joslin (1804-about 1886) worked for Josiah Loring in Boston before issuing a globe under his own name in 1839. A mid-century account of Joslin’s manufactory noted that he employed three men and two women, and used a 3-horsepower steam engine. The women probably pasted the paper gores onto the globe balls.
William B. Annin, the artist who drew and engraved the plates for this celestial globe, also worked for Loring.
Ref: Gilman Joslin & Son, Joslin’s Terrestrial and Celestial Globes (Boston, 1885), p. 41.
D. J. Warner, “The Geography of Heaven and Earth,” Rittenhouse 2 (1988): 100-103.
ID Number: 1980.0075.01
catalog number: 1980.0075.01
accession number: 1980.0075
date made: mid 19th century
Physical Description: cherry (overall material)
Physical Description: brass (overall material)
Measurements: average spatial: 10 in; 25.4 cm
Measurements: overall: 14 5/8 in x 12 3/4 in; 37.1475 cm x 32.385 cm
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Credit Line: Oberlin College
place made: United States: Massachusetts, Boston
associated place: United States: Ohio, Oberlin