|Published||[George Virtue, London: 1823]|
|Dimensions||145 x 130 mm|
An early copper-engraved view of the moon, with particular focus upon the craters and irregularities of the moon's surface, from the 1823 edition of James Barclay's Complete and Universal Dictionary of the English Language. This curious depiction of the moon was published during an interesting period for Selenography, there was much debate in the early nineteenth century regarding the formation of the craters and seas on the moon's surface and just one year after the publication of this map, in 1824, the astronomer Franz von Gruithuisen (1774 – 1852) proposed and explained the formation of craters as a result of meteorite strikes. Gruithuisen was also convinced that the moon was habitable, announcing the discovery of of a lunar city, the 'Wallwerk', to the north of the Schröter crater.
Condition: Minor chipping to right margin of sheet, not affecting plate or map. Framed in a black box frame.