Exhibition at the Galeries nationales du Grand-Palais, from 3 April to 22 July 2019
The first guidebook in the famous collection of Nagel Encyclopedia Guides, with its red and white cardboard cover, was published between the early 1950s and the 1970s. They are no longer published today.
At that time, Nagel, the publisher, intended its publications for the "humanist public", with its titles in elegant, sober graphics, and aimed for universalism: he was the first to publish a guidebook to the Moon, the 175th work in the collection and the only one to be illustrated.
This facsimile takes the title as it appeared in the 1970s. It deals with the history of selenology (scientific study of the moon) down the ages, the chronological evolution of knowledge about our natural satellite, from historical origins to the present day, with accounts by the philosophers of Antiquity, of experts and enlightened amateurs from different ages.
The topography and surface of the moon are revealed through many illustrations (artworks, scientific sketches, engravings, photographs) and offer the reader an initial venture into the cosmos...
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