Selenographia

The Selenographia is an atlas of the moon engraved and published by Johannes Hevelius in 1647.  Composed of 111 full-page engravings, the Selenographia provided some of the earliest details of the moon and its surface.  It is considered an exceptional piece of work for both its artistic beauty, and its scientific applications. Johannes Hevelius, who was a brewer by trade, devoted most of his time to astronomy, even building an observatory above his house and producing his own instruments.

Pages from Selenographia

Hevelius, Johannes. 1647. Selenographia: sive, Lunæ descriptio; atque accurata. delineatio. In quâ simul cæterorum omnium planetarum nativa facies, variæque observationes. figuris accuratissimè æri incisis, sub aspectum ponuntur. Addita est, lentes expoliendi nova ratio. Gedani: Autoris sumtibus typis Hünefeldianis. Special Collections Research Center, University Of Chicago..  alc f QB29.H6

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Hevelius, Johannes. 1647. Selenographia: sive, Lunæ descriptio; atque accurata. delineatio. In quâ simul cæterorum omnium planetarum nativa facies, variæque observationes. figuris accuratissimè æri incisis, sub aspectum ponuntur. Addita est, lentes expoliendi nova ratio. Gedani: Autoris sumtibus typis Hünefeldianis. Special Collections Research Center, University Of Chicago..  alc f QB29.H6

Page from Selenographia

Hevelius, Johannes. 1647. Selenographia: sive, Lunæ descriptio; atque accurata. delineatio. In quâ simul cæterorum omnium planetarum nativa facies, variæque observationes. figuris accuratissimè æri incisis, sub aspectum ponuntur. Addita est, lentes expoliendi nova ratio. Gedani: Autoris sumtibus typis Hünefeldianis. Special Collections Research Center, University Of Chicago..  alc f QB29.H6