Auction 119, Lot 67

"Plate XV", 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 nice celestial chart centers on the constellations Cancer and Gemini, with Orion at the bottom. 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

Couple of small damp stains in large, generous margins, still very good.

Estimate: $140 - $180

Sold for: $130

Closed on 5/9/2007