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Finding aid for History of the Four Quarters of the Globe , 1791-1793
Finding aid created by Galen Wilson, August 1987, and Meg Hixon, February 2012
Title: History of the Four Quarters of the Globe Creator: Anonymous Inclusive dates: 1791-1793 Extent: 1 volume Abstract:
This volume, compiled between 1791 and 1793, contains detailed geographical, historical, and other descriptive accounts of Western Europe and the Americas, as well as a general history of astronomy. Appendices include an index of geographic locations and a general timeline of world history, with a focus on Biblical events and European affairs. This is the third volume of a 3-volume work.
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History of the Four Quarters of the Globe , William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
This volume, compiled by "I. C. Junr." between 1791 and 1793, is the third volume of a 3-volume work. It contains detailed geographical, historical, and other descriptive accounts of Western Europe and the Americas, as well as a general history of astronomy. Appendices include an index of geographic locations and a general timeline of world history, with a focus on Biblical events and European affairs.
Collection Scope and Content Note
This is the third and final volume of a multi-volume work (pages 508-966) written by "I. C. Junr." between November 3, 1791, and March 4, 1793. The cover of the 460-page volume is hand-tooled in gold leaf and bears the title "Manuscript Account from Germany to Turkey in Europe with a Description of America Finishing with a Copious Explanation of the Terrestrial & Celestial Globes." The author's concluding remarks refer to it as a "History of the Four Quarters of the Globe," begun around November 1789 (p. 880). The work includes geographic, historic, and descriptive accounts of Western Europe and the Americas, a geographic index, a timeline of events in world history, a general history of astronomy, and an index. He notes that the previous volumes described Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe.
The book begins with a partial description of Germany, continued from the previous volume. Further geographically-organized sections focus on other Continental powers, islands in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, and the Americas. Each section opens with a general description of a nation's history, geography, people, cities, and (sometimes) important buildings. The author included information on soil quality, climate, and the people, often commenting separately on men and women, and on common religious beliefs. Charts, lists, or other quantitative data accompany some of the descriptions. The author treated several "American States" individually, though New England is described as a singular entity.
The appendices include a table of geographical information about cities, islands, and landmarks (pp. 882-889); a timeline of world history from the Creation of the World in 4004 BC to 1784 AD, focusing on Europe and listing Biblical events, deaths of notable people, and political developments (pp. 890-904); a history of astronomy (pp. 905-917); and additional information on land, water, tides, winds, and stars (pp. 918-965). Celestial information includes tables of zodiac signs (p. 926) and a list of constellations (pp. 927-928). The geographical information is followed by definitions, solutions, problems, and paradoxes (pp. 939-965). The mathematical, navigational, and geographical problems and solutions are presented in a question-and-answer teaching format (similar to Isaac Watts's The Knowledge of the Heavens and the Earth Made Easy or Joseph Randall's A System of Geography, for example).
Astronomy--History--Early works to 1800.
Caribbean Area--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
Caribbean Area--History--Early works to 1800.
Caribbean Area--Politics and government--Early works to 1800.
Geography--History--Early works to 1800.
Europe--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
Europe--History--Early works to 1800.
Europe--Politics and government--Early works to 1800.
North America--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
North America--History--Early works to 1800.
North America--Politics and government--Early works to 1800.
South America--Description and travel--Early works to 1800.
South America--History--Early works to 1800.
South America--Politics and government--Early works to 1800.
Container / Location
History of the Four Quarters of the Globe , 1791-1793 [series]
Islands of Scotland
Isle of Man
Isle of Wight
Isles of Scilly and Jersey
Guernsey and Alderney
Sark and Iceland
Faro Islands, Baltic Isles
"This finishes a general description of Asia, Africa, and Europe. August 1792. Page of the work 450. No. 36."
America: general geographical description
[America]: Minerals, precious metals and stones
[America]: Age of discovery
[America]: French and Indian War
[America]: Statistics of governmental bodies
[America]: American Indians
New Britain (Labrador)
American States: New England
North and South Carolina, Georgia
Spanish America: East and West Florida
New Mexico and California
Old Mexico, or New Spain
South America: Terra Firma or Castilla del Oro
French America: Cayenne
Dutch America: Surinam
Cape Breton, St. John's, Bermuda
Falklands, Tierra del Fuego
Juan Fernández Islands
British Islands: Jamaica
St. Christopher's, Antigua, Nevis, Montserrat, Barbuda, Anguilla, Dominica, Granada, St. Vincent's
Spanish Islands: Cuba, St. Domingo, Puerto Rico, Margarita, Trinidad
French Islands: Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Lucia, Tobago, St. Bartholomew, Marigalante, Deseada
Dutch Islands: Sint Eustatius, Curaçao
Danish Islands: St. Thomas, St. Croix
"Finished thus far in Novr. 3d. 1792. Page of the Work 568."
Appendix: Pacific discoveries
Chronological List of Remarkable Events
"Finished to here. December 22, 1792. Page of the Work 608."
The Origin and Progress of Astronomy
General Divisions of the Earth
General description of the Heavens
Description of the Terrestrial and Celestial Globes
Problems on the Terrestrial Globe (40 problems)
Problems on the Celestial Globe (26 problems)
Problems in Navigation, solved by the Globes (10 problems)
Geographical and Astronomical Paradoxes (40 problems)
"Finish'd and concluded... and tho' this work May perhaps have the appearance of industry and perseverance, it was done at a small part (only) of leisure, from business. I. C. Junr. March 4th 1793."