With reference to the Parker Library globes mentioned in my blog about Samuel Savage Lewis – it seems that Lewis did
not give these to the Library. Our Archivist, Dr Leedham-Green, has found a reference in the Library account for 1840 which shows that the college paid for them, presumably expressly for the newly-built Parker Library. The two globes were made by John and William Cary of London. Cary’s bill for the two globes was £21 1s 6d, plus carriage of 13s.
Globe covers were also bought, from Cambridge book binder H.R. Wiseman, and there is a receipted bill dated 15 August 1840,which was paid on 15 August 1841, for Two very large leather cases for globes in the library, with corded seams, and made in best style: £3 12s.
The Library at Ham House has similar covers on its globes.
These may not have been the first globes in the College, as the Chapter Book of 1632 records approval by the then Bursar, Nicholas Ganning, to spend money on globes, although no corresponding entry can be found in the Audit Book
Many thanks to Elisabeth Leedham-Green for this information.