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Auction 118, Lot 87

"Plate XX", Bode, Johann Elert

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1805 (published)

Publication: Vorstellung der Gestirne auf vier und dreyssig Kupfertafeln

Color: Hand Color

Size:
9 x 7 inches
22.9 x 17.8 cm

A very attractive celestial chart centered on the constellation Sagittarius in the zodiac, with the Southern Cross shown as well. 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

Couple of small damp stains in large, generous margins, else fine.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 3/6/2007

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