A rare antique 3 inch globe on a Mauchline ware stand, the stand a souvenir for The New Post Office Ipswich, the 3 inch globe is unmarked but very similar to those made by W & A. K Johnston. The map is incredibly well detailed. It measures approx 4.5 inches high x 3 inches wide and is in good order, there are some minor dings to the globe. A superb unusual piece
Circa Late 19th century
Good Antique Condition - with the usual signs of wear commensurate with age by way of light dings, please look at China in the images small piece of map missing, all as is usual to find with this type of item - uncleaned leaving it to buyer - please view images
4.5 inches (11.5cm) height X 3 inches (7.5cm) dia approx
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The firm of W. & A.K. Johnston was to become one of the major publishing houses of the 19th century. Co-founders, brothers William and Alexander Keith (1804-1871) Johnston, started out as apprentices to the Scottish globe maker and publisher James Kirkwood in his Edinburgh workshop. Having learned their trade there, they set up their own business, also in the city.
The Johnstons very astutely acquired the established Scottish printing publishing house of William Lizars, and began, first printing by contract, and slowly expanding their repertoire into not only maps, but also atlases, gazetteers, guide books, globes and much more. In amongst the brothers' many achievements, and one of their major claims, was that of the first physical globe, which won them a number of awards at the Great Exhibition of 1851. The globe-making element of the business continued well into the 20th century on both sides of the Atlantic.
Some of the Johnston's exceptional map collections include the National Atlas of General Geography, first struck in 1843, The Handy Royal Atlas of Modern Geography published 1874, various scientific and statistical atlases, such as Johnston’s School Astronomical Atlas (1877), The Statistical Atlas of England and Wales (1882) and The Royal Atlas of Modern Geography. The business continued to function under the Johnston name until the 1960s.
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