London: Published and printed by the Author, 1910.
1st Edition. No Binding. Large Folio. Very Good. Item #002186
Large folio (455 x 455 mm). Separate printed sheets in folder: title, index, and 25 maps. The contemporary folder is made of percaline over boards with gilt-lettered front cover (spine and corners damaged and chipped, leather strap partially gone). The plates evenly age-toned, plate IV soiled. Provenance: The British Astronomical Association (ink stamp to each sheet, machine typed label on title giving information about the making of the maps*). Very good copy internally. ----
Ashworth, The face of the moon, Linda Hall, 35 - EXCEEDINGLY RARE. In 1910, the famous selenographer Walter Goodacre published a hand drawn 77-inch diameter map of the Moon. The map covers the entire nearside of the Moon in 25 detailed sections, and was based upon hundreds of lunar observations and extensively used Saunders' measurements for positional accuracy. A reduced version of this map was privately published in his book 'The Moon: with a Description of its Surface Formations' (1931). Walter Goodacre (1856-1938) was born in Loughborough, England, but went to live in London when aged 7. Following his education he entered the family business and worked there until retiring in 1929. Goodacre was an enthusiastic amateur lunar observer. For a while he was Director of the Lunar Section of the Liverpool Astronomical Society and in 1897 he succeeded Thomas Gwyn Elger as the second Director of the Lunar Section of the British Astronomical Association (BAA). Goodacre was President of the BAA in 1922-24.
*The label on the title-sheet reads "This map was drawn during the years 1902-10, and incorporates 1433 measured positions on the moon's surface made by Mr. S.A. Saunder, M.A., F.R.A.S., and published in the Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society Vol. 57" - Visit our website to see more images!
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