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A Good Philips' 13½ inch 'Challenge' Globe On A Midcentury Modern Stand
Integral Slot Containing a Philips' 'Library Atlas'
Globe with mahogany stand, chrome meridian
George Philip & Son Ltd, London, England
Globe & atlas both dated 1959
Measures:- 45 cm high
Provenance:- Private Collection, Oxford
Mid-20th Century George Philip & Son Ltd "Challenge Globe", printed paper gores with cartouche dated 1959. The globe rotating within a chrome meridian mounted on a mahogany base with a fitted slot which contains a hardback Philips' "Library Atlas" (Sixth Edition, Published , London, 1959) the boards covered in cream buckram, gilt tiltes to front and spine.
Globe scale 1:37,500,000.
Good. A wonderfully characterful, fully functional, vintage globe. The surface, with its faded finishes (Northern and Western Hemispheres seemingly 'sunned' over the years), has mellowed to a lovely tone. The ribbon pull (which allows ease of access to the atlas) repaired. The atlas (contemporaneous to the globe, dated to exactly the same year and probably original) with foxed pages, buckram hinges worn and parting, corners and spine bumped. Neat name written on the front free end-paper.
The globe is showing signs of its age through scuffs, scratches, dings and stains but, all-in-all, a very imposing and highly attractive and vintage object.