A VICTORIAN 36-INCH TERRESTRIAL 'COLOSSUS' GLOBE BY THOMAS MALBY A highly important and rare mid 19th century 36-inch terrestrial 'colossus' globe by Thomas Malby, consisting of 24 hand coloured engraved segments on a plaster coated sphere; within a circular mahogany stand with gadrooned edge above a nulled frieze with floral paterae; on three moulded scroll supports with acanthus carving joined by scroll stretchers with supporting pendent finial; on an open concave triform base with nulled edging, terminating in lotus carved scroll feet with concealed castors. The globe bearing the label of Edward Stanford, who took over the Malby business and updated the papers in 1873. Note: Only very few 36 inch Malby colossus globes can be located with the majority of them in national collections. Two are in the collection of The University of Utah, a further three are in the USA and three in Great Britain. English, circa 1850, with updates by Edward Stanford in 1873. Height: 62 in; 157.5 cm Diameter: 50 in; 127 cm Literature: Elly Dekker, ‘Globes at Greenwich-A Catalogue of the Globes and Armillary Spheres in the National Maritime Museum’, Oxford 1999, pp. 404/500/525.