A CHARLES SMITH & SON 18-INCH TERRESTRIAL LIBRARY GLOBE - Ref No. 1022
H: 46 in / 112 cm
A Charles Smith & Son 18-inch terrestrial library globe, the sphere applied with engraved and hand coloured gores, the ornate cartouche surmounted by royal coat of arms printed SMITH'S TERRESTRIAL GLOBE Containing the whole of THE LATEST DISCOVERIES AND Geographical Improvements also the TRACKS of the most celebrated Circumnavigators LONDON C SMITH & SON 172 STRAND 1858, mounted in brass meridian engraved with four quadrants of degrees, in horizon ring applied with calendar and zodiac scales, raised on four brackets on mahogany stand with tripod base terminating in brass castors and stretcher with central magnetic compass.
Charles Smith founded a publishing firm in 1799 and advertised himself as "engraver to the Prince of Wales" and initially started selling maps. Competition with the Cary company probably lead to the addition of globes to their line of production. In 1845, when Charles's son entered the business, the range of published globes was extended to include a complete range from pocket to library globes. From 1827 the firm had a shop at 172 The Strand but moved to 63 Charing Cross in 1870.