Auction 117, Lot 56

"[Lot of 2] Die Nordliche Halbkugel fur gegenwartige Zeit entworfen [and] Die Sudliche Halbkugel…", 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 attractive pair of charts present the sky in planispheres with constellations shown in allegorical form. Stars are shown to the fifth 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.


Condition: A

Bit of faint staining in border of the southern sky.

Estimate: $275 - $325

Sold for: $230

Closed on 12/6/2006