The New Portable Terrestrial Globe, is a collapsible globe of innovative design. It was compiled from "the latest authorities" by John Betts of 115 Strand in London. John Betts (fl. 1844-1875) was a British publisher, globe, map maker, and engraver. He worked at 7 Compton Street Brunswick Sq. from 1839-1846, and at 115 Strand after 1846 and produced educational materials. Betts was noted for patenting cloth collapsible globes that open like an umbrella. After his death in London his globes were published by George Philip & Son, Ltd until the 1920’s. They were sold in the U.S. by the Boston School Supply Co. 15 Broomfield St, Boston.
This globe was published after 1863 by George Philip & Son, Ltd. Eight coloured lithographed sections are printed on linen and stitched over a black japanned umbrella-type frame with brass coloured caps. This type of globe would have been more economical for shipping and was a space saver from the more traditional stationery globe.