Paris: Observatoire de Paris, 1899.
1st Edition. No Binding. Large Folio. Very Good. Item #002259
Plate XXXII from Atlas Photographique de la Lune, 1896-1910. Photogravure printed for Loewy et Puiseux, Observatoire de Paris, by J. Heuse, Paris. 1 sheet, image size 560 x 464 mm (total size 813 x 610 mm). A clean and bright copy with just a very little marginal dust-soiling.
Original photogravure sheet from the famous Loewy-Pusieux Atlas of the Moon. It depicts the Mare Tranquillitatis (See of Tranquility), the landing site of Apollo 11, the first manned landing on the Moon on July 20, 1969. This Mare was named in 1651 by astronomers Francesco Grimaldi and Giovanni Battista Riccioli in their lunar map published in Riccioli's 'Almagestum novum'.
The Loewy-Puiseux Atlas of the Moon is 'the ultimate achievement of nineteenth-century astronomical photography' which can be regarded, along with Muybridge's Animal Locomotion (1887) and Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian (1907-30) as 'one of the great photographic publishing ventures ... the individual photogravure plates, amongst the largest and finest ever made, are prized by collectors for their sheer aesthetic beauty' (The Photobook). It was only in the 1970s that images substantially better than those of Loewy and Puiseux were obtained. Because perfect weather conditions were needed, the project took 14 years to complete. During this period only 50 or 60 nights per year exhibited the ideal weather conditions, and from those nights suitable for photography only 4 or 5 usable negatives would be produced.
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