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Small folio. 20 pp. 28 plates. Original portfolio. Bookplate of "A.F." (being a collector of Arctic voyages: Antonio Zeno Barentz, Franklin, James C. Ross, Adrien de Gerlache, Scott); title-page signed "A. Faustini", [Brooklyn], 1924. WITH: KONIG, Rudolf (1865-1927). Joh. Nep. Kriegers Mond-Atlas; nach seinen an der Pia-Sternwarte in Triest angestellten Beobachtungen unter Zugrundelegung der hinterlassenen Zeichnungen und Skizzen. Bearb. und mit Unterstutzung der kaiserl. Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien aus den Mitteln der Treitl-Stiftung, hrsg. von Rudolf Konig. Neue Folge. Vienna: In Kommission bei Eduard Heinrich Mayer, 1912. Two volumes [Text & Atlas]. XVIII, 376 pp. 31 illustrations. Atlas: 58 plates, numbered from 29-86, with an additional unnumbered large folding map-plate of the Moon. Original cloth; recased. Title-pages both signed "A. Faustini", [Brooklyn], 1924. // FIRST EDITIONS. Krieger was a draftsman and selenographer who produced detailed hand-drawn maps of the lunar surface at his Italian observatory. Krieger decided to create a definitive map of the Moon. For this purpose he obtained 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 Konig [included]. / Rudolf Konig (1865 -- 1927), born in Vienna, was an Austrian merchant, amateur astronomer and selenographer. He was friends with Krieger and finished the book his friend had intended, though it would appear by enhancing it much further. / PROVENANCE: Arnaldo Faustini (18721944) was an Italian polar explorer, geographer, writer, and cartographer. He is considered by some to be the first South European polar specialist. Born in Rome, he received his doctorate at the University of Rome at the age of 21. Faustini worked at a newspaper based in Rome as scientific editor. He had a special interest in polar subjects, and published 19 books on polar subjects in his native Italian. He also wrote numerous articles. Among the polar explorers Faustini knew personally were Roald Amundsen, Ernest Shackleton, Robert F. Scott, and Adrien de Gerlache, of the Belgian Antarctic Expedition. Faustini translated into Italian De Gerlache's French language account of his voyage. Faustini also drew the map of the area explored by the Belgians. In gratitude, De Gerlache gave him the flag from the expedition's ship, the SS Belgica. / The polar explorer Augustus Greely invited Faustini to the United States in 1915 for a lecture tour. While lecturing at Columbia University, Faustini met Amelia Del Colle, who later became his wife. / Faustini's interests were wide-ranging. In an unpublished 1918 manuscript entitled Catalogo Descrittivo di Ponti ed Archi Naturali ("Descriptive Catalog of Natural Bridges and Arches"), Faustini wrote: "Completed under every standpoint, for a future, eventual publication -- text, topographical sketches, illustrations, contents, indexes, etc., that I think to be my greatest work of physical geography." He was fluent in French, English, Spanish and Russian and understood Greek. / The crater Faustini on the Moon is named after him. His papers on the Arctic and Antarctic are held in the Archives of the Istituto Geografico Polare "Silvio Zavatti" (Zavatti Polar Institute) in Fermo. In 1908 his polar geography appeared, Le Terre Polari. In 1912 was issued his Eskimo & their customs book, Gli eschimesi; la razza, gli usi e i costume. First Edition.
Title: Mond-Atlas entworfen nach den Beobachtungen an der Pia-Sternwarte in Triest. [Together, 3 volumes]
Publisher: Triest:, Ed. Heinr. Mayer, 1898.: 1898
lbs: 6.00 lbs
Seller ID: S13763