"Plate XXIII", Bode, Johann Elert
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 interesting celestial chart centers on the Cetus constellation in the southern sky. Arrayed across the bottom are the minor constellations of Fornax and Sculptor that were introduced by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille. 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.
Light damp stains in blank margins, well away from map.