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Auction 182, Lot 50

"Photographic Lunar Atlas - Based on Photographs Taken at the Mount Wilson, Lick, Pic du Midi, McDonald and Yerkes Observatories",

Subject: Moon

Period: 1960 (published)


Color: Black & White

18.2 x 22 inches
46.2 x 55.9 cm
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This incredible, complete Lunar Atlas, commissioned by the United States Air Force, includes 230 photographs of the moon taken from five different observatories. The photographs were taken at a scale of 100 inches to the lunar diameter (1 inch = 21.6 miles). South is oriented at the top of each plate, as is customary in astronomical photography. The atlas is accompanied by a booklet describing the history of the Lunar Atlas project, information on the photographs taken, and tables of data and lunar formations to be used with the plates. The plates are loose sheets housed in a red-cloth covered box. Edited by Gerard P. Kuiper and published by the University of Chicago Press.


Condition: B+

Plates are in very good to near fine condition, some with minor scattered foxing or slight wear along the edges. Case has some shelf wear with tape on one corner. There is some scattered foxing inside the case.

Estimate: $275 - $350

Sold for: $1,200

Closed on 4/28/2021