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Celestial Globe by Hue & Bretel, c.1890s


Incredible celestial globe from France in the late 19th century by A. Hue & A. Bretel. Edited by G. Thomas. Beige papier mâché globe with the names of stars, planets, and constellations. Brass horizon and meridian bands. On a heavy dark wood base.

A celestial globe is a three-dimensional map of the stars as they appear from the Earth's sphere, with the Earth at the center. This simple example does not depict the fantastical gods and monsters of constellations seen on older globes. Rather it shows just the lines between stars for constellations - with the brevity of modern science practices emerging at the turn of the 20th century.

The globe surface shows signs of age and wear with some deterioration around either side of the axis. Globe still turns. Wood base has a large chip below the brass (See first image), but this does not affect function and both the globe and the base sit sturdily.

France, c.1890s.

The globe measures 16 x 12 x 12 inches and weighs 8 lbs. 13 oz. 


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