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The Celestial Globe … made by W. Bardin, etc.
London: Harrison & Co., 1783. 1 globe: hand coloured; 23 cm. in diameter. This globe forms a pair with the terrestrial globe at maps G.8.b.
This globe by Gabriel Wright and William Bardin, together with its terrestrial partner, formed part of an interesting publicity strategy. A new monthly serial, The Geographical Magazine; Or a New Copious, Compleat and Universal System of Geography, was launched in January 1782. As a promotional inducement, subscribers were offered a pair of globes ‘gratis’. The price for the magazine, published by Harrison & Co., was 2 shillings 6 pence per month. After buying the ﬁrst twenty editions readers could acquire a terrestrial globe, and after the fortieth edition they could claim its celestial partner.
This model was created for a 2020 British Library project to digitise globes from its historic map collection.
For more information see http://explore.bl.uk/BLVU1:LSCOP-ALL:BLL01004817525