1880 Girard & Boitte French antique terrestrial globe 14 inches
Terrestrial globe edited by Girard et Boitte , 22 rue Cassette in Paris. Brussels, produced by the National Institute of Geography of Brussels . 12 paper gores globe tilted at the angle of the ecliptic resting on a tripod cast iron foot adorned with lion heads and paws.
When P.-J. Hetzel published Jules Verne's History of great voyages and great travelers (Les Premiers explorateurs, Les Grands Navigateurs du XVIIIe siècle and Les Voyageurs du XIXe siècle, 3 volumes they choose Girard et Boitte'globe to be offered as a bonus to buyers of the 3 volumes .There is mention of the Mormon in the west United States and some Indian territory, there is the state of Congo not yet " free state of congo " (The Congo State was a private kingdom owned by Leopold II of Belgium between about 1877 and 1908), Antarctica is not yet explored , that point to to early 1880's. The condition is good for a piece of this age but is not perfect. The globe is around an 14" American size. Overall while it is not in pristine condition I believe it is a good value in term of historical content and decorative cachet , it is also to be noted that they are becoming harder to find .
L'Institut géographique national de Bruxelles ( creator of this globe ) was supported by Leopold II , the only border mentioned on this globe is precisely the " congo State " border privately own by Leopold II , it is not yet renamed " free State of Congo ", the lions head on the base are also a symbol of the Belgium monarchy .Africa at that time was being colonized without any regard for its inhabitant .
Size: globe D. 14 inches , H.23 , overall fair condition with some oxidation of the paper , browning some of the color but still readable , some stable crack in China and South Africa