The first atlas with images showing the far side of the moon
Atlas obratnoy storony luny. (Atlas of the rear side of the moon).
Moscow: Nauka, 1960.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Near Fine. Item #002196
2 volumes. 4to. 149; 235,  pp. 1 loosely inserted folding map, 30 photographic illustrations of the moon on folding plates, 3 other folding plates, numerous illustrations and tables. Original publisher's blindstamped cloth, the second volume with the original dustwrappers, the first with simple paper wrappers. ----
The first vol. contains photographic material taken by the "Luna-3" space-station in 1959. In 1967, the second vol. was published containing material provided by the "Zond-3" space-station in 1965. Rare. First publishing of photographs of the "dark" side of the moon from Luna 3 and Zond 3 probes. Volume 1, dated 1960 on the title page and 1961 on the colophon, was published in an edition of 5000+ copies, with 30 photoreproductions and many tables. Volume 2 is in an edition of 3000 copies, dated 1967 on title page and colophon. Lipsky, chief Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Sternberg Astronomical Institute, Moscow B-234, U.S.S.R./C.C.P." The volumes had printings sufficient for scientific and government institutions in the USSR but apparently few have been available in the West; it was translated and printed in English by Pergamon Press in 1961. - Visit our website to see more images!
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