Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1887.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #003671
8vo (184 x 115 mm). 107  pp., including half-title, 7 plates (1 folding), of which 4 with original photographs tipped to mounts (one bound as frontispiece), each with printed tissue guard, 3 text illustrations, final leaf blank. 20th century three-quarter red cloth and marbled boards, spine with hand-lettered paper label (light sunning of spine). Text somewhat browned, first gathering starting. ----
FIRST EDITION. Extracted in part from the Bureau des Longitudes' Annuaire pour l'an 1887. Mouchez, an astronomer and cartographer, launched a plan to compile a photographic map of the sky, enlisting the help of over a dozen observatories using the photographic telescope of Paul and Prosper Henry of the Paris Observatory. The present work describes this plan and includes four striking original photographs of the moon, Saturn and Jupiter. Mouchez, who became director of the Paris Observatory in 1888, expected that a complete photographic star map would be produced by 1891; however, the project still remains incomplete and may never be realized. See Frizel, ed., A New History of Photography, pp 278-79; illustrating one of the plates from this book on p 273. - Visit our website to see more images!
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