Phases of the Moon.
NP: NP, 1851. Three images, each 10 by 8. Paper evenly browned, else very good. The three images show the moon in full phase, past the last quarter, and new moon. The white on black images are quite striking. They are from an elementary school book and there is a description of the moon is on the reverse side. Not surprisingly, it is largely descriptive with little mention of origin or geologic activity on the moon. The text does speculate whether or not the moon is inhabited, concluding that while we could not exist there, "The same power that called the moon into existence could as easily constitute beings fitted to inhabit is surface, and enjoy an existence like that of ours." Item #26535