Map of the moon, by G D Cassini

Description

This is an early scientific map of the moon and was produced in Paris by astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini. Working in the 1670s, Cassini used a telescope to make careful observations of the moon’s pock-marked surface. Thanks to the map, 17th-century European scientists had a greater understanding of the moon than they did of much of the Earth’s surface.

If you look very carefully at the map, you will find a ‘Moon Maiden’ hiding behind one of the craters. It seems that either Cassini, or the map’s famous engraver Claude Mellan, included the detail, believing that this tiny part of the moon’s surface looked like a beautiful woman.

Full title:
Carte de la Lune. De J.D. Cassini.
Published:
Paris
Created:
c. 1679
Format:
Map / Image
Creator:
Giovanni Domenico Cassini
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Maps K.Top.1.88.

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