|Published||London: James Reynolds & Sons, 174, Strand [c.1850]|
|Dimensions||195 x 195 mm|
A lithographic view of the near side of the Moon as seen through a telescope. The diagram was originally part of a large series of illustrations of astronomical, geological, botanical, and biological diagrams, maps, and charts, published by James Reynolds in his 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: Central horizontal fold as issued. Minor time toning to edges of sheet. Framed in a black box frame.