Signed in the North Pacific “…by W. & A.K. JOHNSON, LIMITED / Geographers, engravers & Printers / EDINBURGH & LONDON”.
The globe is supported on a turned, ebonised stand terminating in bun feet and centred by cross stretchers. A globe for the contemporary traveller, it shows the principal steamship routes and indicates the numerous submerged telegraph routes.
Brothers William and Alexander Keith Johnson worked for Kirkwood & Sons in Edinburgh until a great fire devastated the workshops in 1824. They then began publishing globes on their own, becoming the most eminent of the Scottish globemakers.
This globe is the largest size they made, and it won a number of medals at the Great Exhibition of 1851.