Oct 24, 2019 - Sale 2521

Sale 2521 - Lot 144

Price Realized: $ 594
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
GOODACRE, WALTER. The Moon with a Description of its Surface Formations. Fully illustrated by the Author's Revised Map of the Moon. 27 plates of Goodacre's map, comprising 2 keys and 25 sections; 12 other plates, including 9 reproducing lunar photographs; 14 full-page and 72 text illustrations. [4], 364 pages. 8vo, 244x182 mm, original 1/4 leather gilt, spine ends chipped; contents clean. Bournemouth: Pardy & Son for the Author, 1931

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scarce first edition. "Walter Goodacre was the preeminent British selenographer of the early 20th century. His monograph on the Moon was considered a primary resource for selenographers for several decades after its publication . . . In 1910, Goodacre issued a 77-in.-diameter lunar map (scale 1:1,800,000) in 25 sections, the first such map to employ rectangular coordinates or direction cosines. Principally based on photographs, it employed 1,400 positions measured from negatives obtained from the Paris and Yerkes observatories . . . Goodacre's map served as the basis of the first detailed lunar contour map, constructed in 1934 by the German selenographer Helmut Ritter. In 1931, Goodacre privately published a book containing a reduced copy of his map and an exhaustive description of the named formations"--BEA, page 429. Not in RBH or ABPC.