Auction 117, Lot 57

"Plate XIV", Bode, Johann Elert

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1805 (published)

Publication: Vorstellung der Gestirne auf vier und dreyssig Kupfertafeln

Color: Hand Color

9 x 7 inches
22.9 x 17.8 cm

This small celestial chart centers on the Stier (Taurus) and Orion constellations. There is an inset at upper right of the Pleiades. 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

Small damp stains at paper edge, well away from chart.

Estimate: $170 - $220

Sold for: $200

Closed on 12/6/2006