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Maps of the Moon : Lunar Cartography From the Seventeenth Century to the Space Age (2019)

English | 2019 | ISBN: 9004400885 | 102 Pages | PDF | 5.71 MB

Drawing on a number of detailed historical case studies and visual analyses of many moon images, this work proposes an innovative understanding of the development of lunar cartography, and offers new insights on theoretical debates surrounding the nature of maps in general.


Introduction: Bringing the History of Cartography to the History of Moon Maps
1 Approaches to the Specificity of Moon Maps
2 Making It Visible: Bringing the Moon Down to the Earth
2.1 The Telescope Enters the Stage
2.2 Assembling Naturalistic Depictions: a Visual Exercise
3 Making It Legible: Taking the Earth up to the Moon
3.1 Colonial Reflections on the Moon
3.2 Non Sufficit Orbis: Claiming the Moon for a King, or a Politics of Lunar Cartography
3.3 A Moon Map We All Agree to Call a Map
4 Time Concreted
4.1 Moonstruck by Selenographia
4.2 Hevelius’s Cartographic Invention
4.3 Eclipse Maps and Do-It-Yourself Cartography
4.4 They Have Been Hevelian Too
5 Time Abstracted
5.1 Known Unknowns
5.2 Tobias Mayer, Model Employee
5.3 Map Space Is All That Matters
5.4 Surveying Takes Hold: Another Visual Exercise
6 Time Eliminated
6.1 Feeling There
6.2 Being There
Concluding Remarks: the Moon Is Dead, Long Live the Moon