Auction 115, Lot 72

"Plate XXV", Bode, Johann Elert

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1805 (published)

Publication: Vorstellung der Gestirne auf vier und dreyssig Kupfertafeln

Color: Hand Color

Size:
9 x 7 inches
22.9 x 17.8 cm

This small celestial chart centers on the Monoceros (Unicorn), Orion and the Great Dog constellations. 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.

References: Warner pp. 35-36, 2b.

Condition: A

Minor damp stains at paper edges, well away from map.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $190

Closed on 6/21/2006

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