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Titel: Carte photographique et systématique de la ...
Verlag: Paris, Les Presses Universitaires de France, 1914
[with:] Carte photographique et systématique de la lune. Images directes. - Six planches en héliogravure. Paris, Les Presses Universitaires de France, 1926[with:] Carte photographique et systématique de la lune ? Description sommaire et coordonnées rectilignes des principales formations représentées sur les planches. Images directe . [with:] Sections agrandies . Les Presses Universitaires de France, 1926I. Atlas of four fascicles, folio (485 x 375 mm); with 48 photographic plates in héliogravure, including 24 plates accompanied by transparent overlays with outlines and captions of lunar regions; II Supplementary atlas (405 x 290 mm) with six photographic plates in héliogravure, with transparent overlays, and two 4to text vols (312 x 240 mm), pp [iv] 66; [iv], 13; the text volume lightly browned due to paper stock, a few plates and overlays minimally frayed in the margins, original printed wrappers, overall in excellent condition, preserved in a folding cloth box. £32,000First edition, exceptionally rare, of this great photographic atlas of the moon, the first large-format photographic lunar atlas to represent the entire face of the moon. It has the rare 1926 Supplement with six further plates (albeit on a much smaller scale).The history of large-scale photographic atlases begins with the appearance of the first fascicule of Maurice Loewy and Pierre Henri Puiseux's Atlas photographique de la lune, issued by the Observatoire de Paris in 1896, with Le Morvan already named as an assistant. It contained 'eighty large photographs of different regions of the moon, taken over the course of fourteen years. The photographs are not all of the same scale, and the entire face of the moon was not covered' (William Ashworth, The Face of the Moon; exhibition catalogue, Linda Hall Library, 1989, no. 29). Loewy and Puiseux's atlas was followed in 1897 by an ambitious project of the Lick Observatory. 'In 1897, E.S. Holden, the Director of Lick Observatory, began issuing in serial form the plates of a projected photographic lunar atlas ? There was no particular arrangement of the plates, and after the nineteenth was issued, production ceased - perhaps because the plates were inferior to those of the Paris atlas, or because Ladislaus Weinek of Prague was in the process of issuing another atlas based on other Lick negatives ? [Weinek] decided to embark on his own photographic lunar atlas, using negatives from the Lick and Paris Observatories which the directors had generously given him ? The intention was to cover the entire lunar surface twice, with both morning and evening illumination. The atlas was issued in ten fascicles of twenty plates each over the course of three years. Another two hundred plates were planned to complete the atlas, but the first volume was so expensive that the enterprise was abandoned' (ibid. nos. 28 and 30). Le Morvan's atlas was produced using the same apparatus at the Observatoire de Paris as Loewy and Puiseaux's. In his preface Le Morvan points out that his atlas is intended as a supplement to its great, but incomplete and inconsistently arranged precursor: 'The realization of this work was pursued both with the intention to bring in new documentation facilitating research with the moon as its object, and to make available a practical and exact working instrument to those interested. Far from duplicating the "Grand Atlas Lunaire" published by the Observatoire de Paris, the present work serves as its complement. It is entirely composed of [previously] unpublished proofs, for which a most proper format and disposition has been chosen to assure an overall maximum manageability, without sacrificing indispensable quality, precision and accuracy, which would have been compromised by further reduced dimensions. The "Carte photographique et systématique de la Lune" comprises two parts. The first shows the visible hemisphere of our satellite as illuminated by the Sun in the phases between New Moon and Full Moon (plates I-XXIV). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 3603
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