Catalog Archive
Auction 118, Lot 88

"Die Sudlichen Gestirne nach de la Caillee [Plate XXIX ]", Bode, Johann Elert

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1805 (published)

Publication: Vorstellung der Gestirne auf vier und dreyssig Kupfertafeln

Color: Hand Color

9 x 7.7 inches
22.9 x 19.6 cm

This attractive chart of the southern planisphere depicts the constellations in allegorical form. Stars are shown to the sixth 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

Light damp stains in blank margins, well away from map.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $100

Closed on 3/6/2007