Antique Map Auction Sale No. 121 - closed 9/26/2007
This interesting celestial shows the now obsolete constellation, the Telescopium Herschelli, or Herschel's Teleskop, named after the famous English astronomer Sir William Herschel. This constellation was created from part of Gemini. Johann Elert Bode, a self-taught astronomer, served as director of the astronomical observatory of the Berlin Academy of Science for nearly 40 years. He edited the Astonomisches Jahrbuch every year from 1774 to 1826, and published several popular astronomy texts and atlases. This chart is from his revised atlas based on Fortin, in which he included a great many newly discovered stars.