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Map of the moon by Hevelius

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QB 595 .H48 1647 R.B. (RARE BOOK)

Johannis Hevelii Selenographia, sive, Lunae descriptio : atque accurata, tam macularum ejus, quam motuum diversorum ... telescopii ope deprehensarum, delineatio : in quâ simul caeterorum omnium planetarum nativa facies, variaeque observationes ... figuris accuratissimè aeri incisis, sub aspectum ponuntur ...

Hevelius, Johannes, 1611-1687.

Gedani : Autoris sumtibus, typis Hünefeldianis, anno aerae Christianae 1647.
[28], 563, [1] p., [111] leaves of plates (some folded) : ill., maps ; 35 cm. (fol.)
Other authors: Hevelius, Johannes, 1611-1687. Johannis Hevelii Epistolae IV ...

Other titles: Selenographia / Selenographia / Lunae descriptio / Johannis Hevelii Epistolae IV ...

Notes: 1. T.p. in red and black; half title; initials; side-notes; volvelle on plate Phasis 21 (p. 364). 2. Includes index. 3. With: Johannis Hevelii Epistolae IV. Gedani : Sumtibus autoris, typis Andreae Julii Molleri, anno à nato Christo 1654. Probably bound together subsequent to publication. 4. Half leather and cloth binding, gold stamped spine with Naval Observatory insignia. 5. Rare book. 6. Place: Poland -- Gdansk. - Date cataloged: September 21, 1994.

Lettie S. Multhauf's description: Hevelius, one of the most famous astronomers of his time, was born in Dantzig, Germany, where his father was a brewer. After his studies and travel to Leyden, London, Paris, etc. he returned to Dantzig, took over the brewery, and became a magistrate and councilor. He had learned engraving in his youth, and many of the beautiful illustrations in his books are done by him. In 1641 he built an observatory which he furnished with carefully made instruments, clocks, and a variety of telescopes, one of which was 140 feet long. In 1664 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society to whom he sent his communications regularly for many years. Galileo was the first to observe the lunar mountains, but did not make any detailed drawings. Maps had been drawn by Scheiner, Gassendi and Borel, but Hevelius published the first selenographical atlas. There are in this volume 111 plates and engravings, both drawn and engraved by the author. He named lunar features after terrestrial ones, but most of his nomenclature was replaced by Riccioli. Hevelius' observations were the most accurate possible at that time, and the book remained a standard work for a long time. In it Hevelius also treats his discovery of the libration of the moon in longitude. At the beginning is an account of the telescope and its manufacture, with an illustration of lens grinding.

1. Moon -- Maps -- Early works to 1800 2. Moon -- Early works to 1800 3. Lunar eclipses -- Early works to 1800 4. Telescopes -- Design and construction -- Early works to 1800

OCLC 8991901

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