(formerly Anaximander C)
Lat: 70.2°N, Long: 73.3°W, Diam: 85 km, Depth: 2.51 km, Rükl: 2
- Depth data from Kurt Fisher database
- Westfall, 2000: 2.51 km
- Cherrington, 1969: 2.71 km
- Based on LO-IV-190H, LTVT indicates that the shadow-casting parts of the rim in the SE rise to 2360 m. The rim-straddling 31 km diameter crater on the east is Desargues E. It has a depth of up to 2300, with a 1000 m deep crater on its floor. The 30 km crater just outside the south rim of Desargues is Desargues M, with a rim up to 2300 m tall. - Jim Mosher
- Named for Gérard Desargues (February 21 or March 2, 1591-October 1661), a French mathematician and engineer, who is considered one of the founders of projective geometry.
- The name Anaximander C was Catalog Number 1693 in Mary Blagg's Collated List and in the original IAU nomenclature of Named Lunar Formations (1935) where the name is attributed to Beer and Mädler. It is also noted that Franz called the feature Anaximander p
- The replacement name Desargues was proposed by Arthur and Whitaker in the Rectified Lunar Atlas (1963) and approved by IAU in 1964.
- Near Desargues should be a crater which was called Thornton by Wilkins and Moore, but the I.A.U. did not accept that name. Thornton was a contemporary English selenographer.