|Published||London: James Reynolds & Sons, 174, Strand [c.1860]|
|Dimensions||210 x 210 mm|
A colour lithographic view of the near side of the Moon as seen through a telescope, with many of its craters, mountain ranges, and 'Seas' labelled in red. This particular view was printed on card as part of a series of Astronomical Diagrams published by James Reynolds & Sons, a revision of Reynolds' earlier black and white plan of the moon that appeared in a much larger series of illustrations of astronomical, geological, botanical, and biological diagrams, maps, and charts, published as the Introduction to Natural Philosophy. A text panel below the view describes the cratered and scarred surface of the moon as being the likely result of volcanic activity, the prevailing theory during the mid nineteenth century, and also discusses the apparent lack of water on the Moon's surface, despite the prevailing convention of naming the larger depressions on its surface 'Seas.'
John Emslie (1813-1875) was a British draughtsman, illustrator, and engraver, particularly known for his long standing collaboration with the London-based publisher James Reynolds. Their most notable contribution was a series of 250 illustrations with explanatory text published as the Introduction to Natural Philosophy.
Condition: Minor time toning to edges of sheet. Small chips to corners of sheet, without loss to map or text. Framed in a black box frame.