J. Lebègue & Cie. 2.5 inch terrestrial globe, circa 1914

This is a rare miniature globe from the Belgian globe maker J Lebègue and Company. J Lebègue was one of the leading globe-publishers of the late 1800’s, working in close cooperation with the geographer R Barbot to produce a wide range of models and publishing in several languages.

This example, printed in French, can be dated to circa 1914 as the Panama canal is shown but St Petersburg is not yet Petrograd (both 1914). The globe is constructed from a pasteboard sphere with 12 hand-applied paper gores and polar calottes. It is pinned through the axis to a turned wooden base with an ebonised finish.

The globe is in completely original, as-found condition and no cleaning of the map or base has been attempted. As such it shows the effects of many years of handling and exposure to smoky and dusty internal environments. Nevertheless It is remarkably well preserved, the only major signs of wear being to the metal disc at the North Pole and to the hole at the South Pole, which is now over-sized.

Any work or restoration that may be required can be discussed beforehand and carried out to your own specific requirements.


Diameter 2.5 inches (63mm); overall height 125mm


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