Rare 48inches/120cm Pocock inflate terrestrial globe in case, c. 1830

Rare 48inches/120cm Pocock inflate terrestrial globe in case, c. 1830

3300 euros



Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Globes & Orreries


Inflatable balloon globe in 24 lithographed segments on linen. In good overall condition, with some browning to the top or zodiac crown of the globe, and some damage to the very base of the globe that will require attention. 

A quite rare example of one of the most remarkable globes of the nineteenth century, Pocock’s inflatable paper globe, made of tissue thin gores. Intended to be blown up with an air pump at its base. 

George Pocock designed and produced three sizes of portable globes, of which this is the largest measuring around 60 inches/152 cm when collapsed, about 48 inches / 122 cm diameter when inflated.


According with an original advertisement : “These Globes are extremely portable, and when inflated form the most elegant and useful ornament for a Drawing Room or Library.”

The globes were designed to be inflated by hand or by pump. Although originally they were slow to sell, the Royal Family presented one of these globes to Prince George of Cumberland in 1830.


The globe is preserved in its original cardboard box with original publisher’s label. 


The globe has a lack of paper at its base, in the Ocean of South Pole and a tear at the top without any lack otherwise the original are strong and bright. So it needs restoration to be inflated.

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FR Le Zograscope

Established by Alexandre Piffault in 2014 and based in Paris at 5 rue de Condé, 75006, very close to Odéon, Le Zograscope specializes in antique and rare books in Science, Medicine and Technology, and rare antique instruments in the same fields. We have especially a strong interest in early and continental microscopy, early and special mathematical/drawing instruments, medical and surgical instrument, and rare technology.

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