Herschel’s map of Mars (1873)

 

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Herschel W 1784 On the Remarkable appearances at the polar regions of the planet Mars, the inclination of its axis, the position of its poles, and its spheroidal figure, with a few hints relating to its real diameter and atmosphere. Philosophical Transactions LXXIV Article XIX, 233-237.

This is the first cartographic representation of Mars. (Stooke 2012)

Special projection is used. According to Parley, “The whole of the preceding figures are exhibited together, in a device ingeniously contrived by Sir William Herschel; thus serving to display, as in one map, all the permanent figures round the equator of the globe of Mars.”

The map is dated  1783 here

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Courtesy of EA Whitaker

See also

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Source: Peter Parley (pseud.): Tales about the sun, moon, and stars.  1837

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