RÄTH (Raeth) 13 inch ‘Anschluss’ globe, English edition, Germany 1938

Räth began making globes in Leipzig in 1917 and quickly became recognised as one of the foremost German manufacturers. The company prospered until WWII, after which the city and company fell under Soviet control. Quality and market exposure suffered as a result, but nevertheless production continued into the mid-1980s.

This is a fine and very rare example from 1938, printed in English and manufactured following the ‘Anschluss’ - the annexation of Austria by Germany, but prior to the annexation of the Sudetenland in the same year.

The globe is constructed from a pasteboard sphere with 12 hand applied paper gores and polar calottes. It is mounted on an aluminium half-meridian with aluminium finials and polar caps. The design of the turned oak base is typical of the period, combining Art Deco motifs with simple Bauhaus styling.

The map has been carefully cleaned but otherwise left completely original. The varnish has darkened with age and there are areas of light wear and staining but this does not detract from the subtle colouration nor diminish the topographical detail. The meridian has also has been cleaned but without disturbing the patination. The base has been cleaned, treated with a restorative solution and wax polished.

Overall this is a stunning globe providing a rare snapshot of a pivotal moment in world history.

Diameter 13 inches (330mm); base diameter 210mm; overall height 530mm. Weight 1.5kg

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