Draper, Henry  “Facsimile of a Photograph of the Moon, Taken by Dr. Henry Draper’s Telescope”

Draper, Henry “Facsimile of a Photograph of the Moon, Taken by Dr. Henry Draper’s Telescope”

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After a photograph by Henry Draper.  “Facsimile of a Photograph of the Moon, Taken by Dr. Henry Draper’s Telescope”. 

New York: Harper’s Weekly, 1864.  Double folio.  20 1/4 x 13 ½ (image).  Wood engraving.  With fold as issued.   Very good condition.  

Henry Draper (1837-1882) followed in the footsteps of his famous father. He studied medicine and had a passion for astronomical photography. Henry built two observatories at the family home in Hastings in 1860.  His father, John William Draper, took the first daguerreotypes of the moon in 1840. In 1863 Henry took a series of photographs of the moon that were larger and far more detailed than any taken previously. 

Harper’s Weekly was a New York based newspaper in the last half of the nineteenth and early twentieth century.  In weekly issues, Harper’s presented a mixture of news stories, gossip, poetry, and most notably, wood-engraved illustrations.  These pictures remain one of the best sources for lively, informative images of nineteenth-century America.  With photographs in a primitive stage, and no television, it is through these illustrations that much of the country got its visual information about the events, personalities and places of the time.