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JOH. NEP. KRIEGERS MOND-ATLAS Nacch seinen an der Pia-Sternwarte in Triest angestellten Beobachtungen unter Zugrundelegung der hinterlassenen Zeichnungen und Skizzen bearbeitet und mit Unterstützung der kaiserl, Akademie der Wissen-schaften in Wien aus den Mitteln der Treitl-Stiftung herausgegeben von Rudolf König

by [Moon Atlas]; Krieger Joh. Nep

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Wien: In Kommission bei Eduard Heinrich Mayer, Leipzig and William Wesley & Son, London, 1912. 2 volumes, Text and Atlas. First of the Edition. With a fine photograph of Krieger as frontispiece, 31 other illustrations to the first volume and 58 full page photographs of the lunar surface to the second, the atlas volume,, printed on heavy stock, each with an overlay depicting the names for the areas shown in the photographs, and with a large, multi-folding map of the moon at the end of the volume. Large 4to, publisher's original gray cloth, the covers and spines lettered in red. xviii, 376; 29-86 plates with overlays, collated complete and as called for. Numbers correspond to Krieger's system of numbering. A fine copy internally, the maps, overlays and photographs all in fine order, the bindings show some evidence of age or use and some evidence of old damp at the edges, the cloth is whole and complete and without breakage. Still a well preserved set. FIRST EDITION IN THE BEST FORMAT, PHOTOGRAPHS WITH OVERLAYS AND THE FOLDING MAP. Johann Nepomuk Krieger lived from 4 February 1865 - 10 February 1902. The crater Krieger on the Moon is named in his honor.
Krieger was born in the Kingdom of Bavaria, and at an early age gained an interest in astronomy. Having been inspired by the director of the Cologne Observatory, Hermann Klein, to make the study and observation of the Moon his life's work. he used the money from an inheritance to build an observatory in the suburbs of Munich.
Krieger's decision to create a definitive map of the Moon, moved him to obtain a series of low-resolution negatives of the lunar surface that had been taken at the Lick and Paris observatories. He enlarged these images and used them to provide positional accuracy for his subsequent drawings. His illustrations of the Moon were made in charcoal, graphite pencil, and ink, and were considered superior to any previously produced lunar maps in their accuracy and level of detail, and continue to be considered works of art.
He lived long enough to see his first 28 plates published as volume 1 of his "Mond Atlas". However his health had suffered, possibly due to his long nightly labors at his telescope. About 10 years following his death, his remaining drawings and sketches were published in a second volume by the Austrian selenographer Rudolf König.
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  • Bookseller: Buddenbrooks, Inc. US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 27388
  • Title: JOH. NEP. KRIEGERS MOND-ATLAS Nacch seinen an der Pia-Sternwarte in Triest angestellten Beobachtungen unter Zugrundelegung der hinterlassenen Zeichnungen und Skizzen bearbeitet und mit Unterstützung der kaiserl, Akademie der Wissen-schaften in Wien aus den Mitteln der Treitl-Stiftung herausgegeben von Rudolf König
  • Author: [Moon Atlas]; Krieger Joh. Nep
  • Book condition: Used
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: In Kommission bei Eduard Heinrich Mayer, Leipzig and William Wesley & Son, London
  • Place: Wien
  • Date published: 1912

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