Auction 116, Lot 70

"Plate XXXXIV - Die Sudliche Halbkugel fur die Zeit der alten Griechen und Romer entworfen", Bode, Johann Elert

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1805 (published)

Publication: Vorstellung der Gestirne auf vier und dreyssig Kupfertafeln

Color: Hand Color

Size:
9 x 7.2 inches
22.9 x 18.3 cm

This small celestial chart covers the southern planisphere with the constellations known during the Greek and Roman periods. Stars are shown to the fourth magnitude. 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 in blank margins.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $80

Closed on 9/20/2006

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