Berlin: Simon Schropp & Soc. 1834.
1st Edition. No Binding. Large Folio. Very Good. Item #002177
Lithographed lunar map by C. VOGEL after W. BEER and J.H. MÄDLER. 4 sections, mounted on a single sheet of brown linen and folding, 95 x 99 cm (total size). Berlin: Simon Schropp & Soc., 1834. Slightly foxed, with owner's entry of A. SCHWEIZER dated 1881, and with num. small annotations in pen and red ink probably by Schweizer, mainly concerning crater sizes. ----
Ashworth, The face of the moon, Linda Hall 16; Honeyman 267; Baldwin, The Face of the Moon 1949, 8--9; Pannekoek, History of Astronomy 1961, 372--3. EXCEEDINGLY RARE. 'This map. constitutes a milestone in the development of selenographical literature'---DSB. 'In 1837 (sic) Beer and Mädler gave to the world the results of seven years' study. Their book, Der Mond and its chart 'Mappa Selenographica' contained an almost unbelievable amount of information . . . they named nearly 150 new formations, using principally the names of prominent scientists'---Baldwin.
"Because Lohrmann's map did not appear in full until 1878, the Beer and Mädler map has the honor of being the first large-scale moon map to be based on precise micrometric measurements. Beer was a banker and amateur lunar observer, possessing a fine Fraunhofer refractor. Mädler, the major figure in the enterprise, was an astronomer who teamed with Beer to measure the position of every lunar feature from a large number of fundamental control points. The resulting map, the result of four years of effort, is in four sections and is on a scale of just over 38 inches to the moon's diameter, the same as Lohrmann's. It was followed by an accompanying text volume in 1837. The map was without question the most influential lunar publication of the century, and formed the basis for later maps by T.W. Webb and Edmund Neison ... It is also the earliest, and still the finest, lithographed lunar map" (Ashworth, 16).
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