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LOEWY, Moritz; PUISEUX, Pierre-Henri.

PETAVIUS_LANGRENUS_MER DES CRISES.

Stock Code
101437
Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1899
£2,500

The finest and most meticulous images of the moon until the 1970's.

The Atlas photographique de la lune was the ultimate achievement of nineteenth-century astronomical photography and can be regarded, along with Muybridge's Animal Locomotion (1887) and Edward S. Curtis' The North American Indian (1907-30), as one of the great publishing ventures of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Indeed it was not until the 1970's when Bernard Lyot at the Pic du Midi Observatory obtained results that were clearly better than those of Loewy and Puiseux. As with all books published in fascicles, complete copies are rare and the individual plates, amongst the largest and finest ever made, are prized by collectors for their sheer aesthetic beauty.

Moritz Loewy (1833-1907) and Pierre-Henri Puiseux (1855-1928), assisted by Charles Morvan, undertook a project to make a complete series of detailed photographs of the moon and the lunar surface. The two astronomers devoted

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Description

Héliogravure after photographs by Loewy and Puiseux depicting the Moon's surface, from Atlas Photographique de la Lune. Framed and glazed, overall size: 67cm x 86.2 cm.

Bibliography

Parr & Badger (The Photobook) I, 54-55.

Stock ID:101437

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