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Authors
Cassini
Date of publication
1787
Identifying characteristics
The best map of its time, it contains two features extraneous to lunar topography: a heart-shaped formation in the Sea of Serenity, and a woman’s profile on the Promontorium Heraclides. Much speculated about in terms of her identity, the lady is now thought to be Cassini’s wife, Geneviève de Laistre (1643-1708), the features having been introduced as a token of his love. This theory is further supported by the fact that in 1678 Cassini commissioned a pen-and-ink portrait of his wife from Jean Baptiste Patigny, the son of the artist and engraver of the map. See Françoise Launay, La Dame de la Lune, Pour la Science no. 307 (2003).
Date of theft report
Circumstances of theft
Lost on return from Pasadena Book Fair.
Recovered
no
Anonymity
no