Proctor, Richard Anthony - The Moon: Her Motions, Aspect, Scenery, and Physical Condition - London, Longmans, 1873 - 394 pp.- Hardcover - 20 x 13 cm.
Condition: one of the albumen-prints was omitted/is missing, overall in good old condition, some damage to the hinges and corners. And considering the age of 146 years it comes with the expected wear, discolourations and foxing, (see photos).
Will be well packaged and sent by registered mail.
First edition, and rarely found complete with all the maps and photographs. Of special interest are the original photographic albumen prints of the moon by Lewis Morris Rutherfurd (1816-1892).
Tipped-in albumen-print frontispiece and one further albumen-print of the moon (two of originally three prints), all by Rutherfurd (enlarged by Brothers), 22 plates of which 21 numbered I-XVIII and XX-XXII (including two large folding lunar maps and three Woodburytypes) and one folding lunar map without number after Schmidt, one illustration in text, publisher's advertising pages at the end. Publisher's original blind stamped dark red fabric with gold lettering and decoration on the spine.
¶One solution to the problem of reproducing photographs for publication was simply to make positive paper prints and paste them into books. This was expensive, time consuming, and not always aesthetically pleasing, but it solved the difficulty of capturing tone in a black-and-white medium. Richard Proctor, the greatest populariser of astronomy in the nineteenth century, used this expedient in his treatise on the moon. In addition to numerous lithographs and wood engravings, and a large folding lunar map by T.W. Webb, there are photographic prints of the moon by the American Lewis Rutherfurd, whom Proctor called the greatest lunar photographer of the age. - (Ashworth, William B. 1989. The face of the moon Galileo to Apollo: an exhibition of rare books and maps, October 13, 1989 - February 28, 1990. Kansas City, Mo: Linda Hall Library).
Richard Anthony Proctor (23 March 1837 – 12 September 1888) was an English astronomer. He is best remembered for having produced one of the earliest maps of Mars in 1867 from 27 drawings by the English observer William Rutter Dawes.
- Number of Books
- Astronomy, Aviation, Biology, Cartography, Chemistry, Curio & ephemera, Geology, History, Illustrated, Memorabilia, Moon Moon Space travel, Natural History, Photography, Physics, Reference works, Science (general), Technology, Topography, Travels
- Author/ Illustrator
- Proctor, Richard Anthony
- Book Title
- The Moon: Her Motions, Aspect, Scenery, and Physical Condition
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Binding/ Material
- Limited edition
- Number of pages
- 20×13 cm