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James Reynolds: Telescopic Appearance of the Moon

Map: CELEST1216
Cartographer: James Reynolds
Title: Telescopic Appearance of the Moon
Date: c. 1850
Published: London
Width: 9 inches / 23 cm
Height: 11 inches / 28 cm
Map ref: CELEST1216
Stunning Victorian educational chart illuminating the Moon.

James Reynolds (1817-1876) was an innovative English publisher. Born in London, the son of a printer, Reynold’s had started his career and set up his premises at 174 Strand by the 1830s.

During his career he published books, atlases, maps and scientific educational charts on a wide range of topics - from physical geography and geology to astronomy, architecture, ethnography and even prehistoric history.

Of particular note are his educational charts, most of which were published between 1846 and 1851. They were inexpensive, accessible to a wide audience, published a large numbers and very beautiful. The charts all feature striking, colourful illustrations with explanatory notes.

Reynolds took a great deal of care in making sure his charts were accurate and attractive. He employed experts, such as geographer Ernest George Ravenstein (1834-1913) and geologist Professor John Morris (1810-1886), to advise on accuracy and comprehension, and he also worked closely with the talented engraver and artist John Emslie (1813-1875) to produce his eye-catching designs.

Framed in an LED lightbox measuring 14 x 15 inches (UK plug). [CELEST1216]