His notebooks, now held by the BAA at Burlington House, reveal him to have been a cartographer and draughtsman of the highest order, and his reputation as a selenographer is undiminished to this day.
A list of the most prominent German selenographers would include Tobias Mayer, Johannes Schroter, Wilhelm Lohrmann, Beer & Madler, Julius Schmidt, Johann Krieger, and Philip Fauth; but it is certainly the case that by the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the most significant contributions were also being made by British amateurs and by the BAA Lunar Section.
3) But we should pause here to acknowledge briefly the contribution made by those early British selenographers whose work contributed to the emergence of three themes that, as this address will argue, came to distinguish later British lunar study and define its essential character.
This perhaps explains why until confronted by their oversight in 1954, selenographers
in general were apparently unaware of a statement made in 1868 which diminished the impact of J.
Schroter's reputation as a selenographer has often been called into question, in a great many cases by those observers who were unable to confirm the appearance of certain features he delineated.
Birt on the other hand was a selenographer whose endeavours with limited means should always be given the most careful consideration.
Undeterred by the obvious difficulties and a caution from the experienced British selenographer Alfred Noel Neate that, '.
Whitaker said in 1954, 'except where one selenographer has copied directly from another.
8) Almost forty pages in length, the report is a monument to painstaking visual observation undertaken by Birt and several other contributing selenographers, notably T.
Having read a great deal in connection with past observations of the features on the floor of Plato, and after occasionally studying the feature under high illumination, I still find it difficult to reconcile the myriad of features depicted by selenographers of the past.
Richard Baum's fine paper has pointed the way, and it is to be hoped that in the near future others will be able to undertake the fuller cataloguing and analysis of the lifetime's work of one of the last of the great British selenographers
Wilkins was neither hero nor villain, but a man whose love of lunar cartography was, paradoxically, both driven and impaired by values and judgements that may now seem misplaced, but which seemed perfectly acceptable to selenographers
of his era.