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Finely sheet of globe gores covering New Zealand and easern Australia, from an unrecorded mid-18th Century Globe.

In August 2012, we were advised of a similar set of gores at the University of Vilnius, engraved by Johann Friedrich Endersch, Royal Geographer to King Augustus III of Poland. Johann Friedrich Endersch (1705-1769) was a famous German cartographer and mathematician. Endersch was born in Dornfeld in Thuringia and had spent most of his life in Elblag in Royal Prussia, Poland. Johann Friedrich Endersch got the title of Royal Mathematician from Augustus III of Poland.

This pair of gores was acquired in a set of 8 (of 12) gores, which when joined would have made a 67cm diameter terrestrial globe. There is no attribution and, to date, it would appar that the gores are from an unrecorded Globe, for which no known complete examples of the globe or gores survive. Based upon information on several of the gores, the publication can be reliably tracked to 1751 or shortly therafter.

The gores acquired covered (1) Europe up to the Black Sea, (2) 2 sheets covering Africa (with numerous animals and figures of Africans), (3) Asia east of Siam/Indonesia, (4) Australian, (5) New Zealand, (6) 2 sheets covering North and Central America (with Hudson Bay, Great Lakes, peninsular California) as well as northern part of South America, and part of Greenland and Iceland.

With inscription within a decorative cartouche "Plagas Polis mundi Arctico atque huic Antarctico..." and further inscriptions regarding discovery of Americas, attempts to find a Northwest Passage, and charting of the Amazonas et al, mentioning Doppelmayr, Dobbs and La Condamine although the various decorative elements as ships, sea monsters, vignette of Neptune, and compass roses are still in 17th century style.

Printed on paper with watermark HB with cross.