Mary Adela Blagg
Release Date: 01 October 2007
COLLATED LIST OF LUNAR FORMATIONS NAMED OR LETTERED IN THE MAPS OF NEISON, SCHMIDT, AND MADLER COMPILED AND ANNOTATED FOR THE COMMITTEE BY MARY A. BLAGG UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE LATE S. A. SAUNDER PRINTED FOR THE COMMITTEE BY MESSRS NEILL CO., LTD., EDINBURGH 1913 - TABLE OF CONTENTS. INTRODUCTION BY PROFESSOR H. H. TURNER, F.R.S. . PAGE v GENERAL EXPLANATION . vii COLLATED LIST. ........ 1 NOTES ... -.169 INDEX OF NAMES 179 INTRODUCTION. Ix December 1905 the late Mr S. A. Saunder drew attention to the present very unsatisfactory state of Lunar Nomenclature Monthly Notices R.A.S., Ixvi. p. 41, concluding that If a remedy is to be found which will meet with universal assent and nothing short of this would be a remedy at all it is obvious that it must be the work of an international committee loc. cit., p. 44. His representations, supported first by the Council of the Royal Astronomical Society, and next by that of the Royal Society, reached the International Association of Academies at its Vienna meeting in 1907, when a Committee on Lunar Nomenclature was appointed by the Association, consisting of MM. Loewy Chairman, Franz, Newcomb, Saunder, Weiss, and Turner Secretary. The name of W. H. Pickering was subsequently added, and later, on the death of the Chairman, the names of MM. Bailand and Puiseux. The Committee has further lost Newcomb, Saunder, and Franz. Before his death M. Loewy had, after some preliminary discussion, asked MM. Franz and Saunder to undertake the preparation of an accurate map of the Moon in mean libration. Franz undertook the outer portions he set to work on new measures required for the fundamental points, and completed this work, which was in the press at thetime of his death. It has since been published under the title Die Randlandschaften des Mondes Franz, Ehrhardt Karras, Halle a S., 1913. The drawing of the map had not been commenced, but it is hoped that this work will still be undertaken in Breslau. Saunder secured the able help of Mr W. H. Wesley for the actual drawing of the map, for which Saunder himself laid down all the fundamental points. Three of the four portions have been drawn and reproduced the fourth is well on the way to completion. Meantime Saunder had also secured the devoted help of Miss M. A. Blagg in collating the list here printed of names in Beer and Madler, Schmidt, and Neison. The severe losses sustained by the Committee have combined to leave the nominal direction of it in the hands of one who is not in any sense a seleno- grapher. On his deathbed Saunder handed to me this collated list in MS., and I gathered that, although it was of great value and represented much careful labour, considerations of cost had deterred him up to that time from printing it. As soon as I had had time to review the situation, I realised the great advantages that would follow from printing this list and found further that Miss Blagg would undertake to see it through the press. She made no special conditions as to time, but I felt that such valuable help might not remain permanently available, and that it was desirable to seize the favourable moment if possible. Professor Schuster and the Astronomer Royal kindly encouraged this course. Some anxiety about the funds for printing has been dispelledby the great courtesy of the Paris Academic des Sciences. I ventured to ask M. Baillaud whether he thought it appropriate that as England andGermany had undertaken the map, France should defray the expenses of this collated list. M. Baillaud promptly laid the matter before the Secretaire perpetuel, and with M. Darboux s kindly and powerful support the request was favourably entertained...
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