Auction 116, Lot 69

"Plate II]", Bode, Johann Elert

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1805 (published)

Publication: Vorstellung der Gestirne auf vier und dreyssig Kupfertafeln

Color: Hand Color

9 x 7.2 inches
22.9 x 18.3 cm

This small celestial chart centers on Polaris (the North Star) and its surrounding constellations. Polaris is located at the tip of the tail of the constellation Ursa Minor (Kleine Bar), which also contains the group of stars commonly called the Little Dipper. Other constellations include Draco and Cepheus.

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+

Estimate: $180 - $230

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/20/2006