Auction 119, Lot 68

"Plate XII", Bode, Johann Elert

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1805 (circa)

Publication: Vorstellung der Gestirne auf vier und dreyssig Kupfertafeln

Color: Hand Color

9 x 7 inches
22.9 x 17.8 cm

A lovely depiction of the constellations of Pegasus, Andromeda, Cygnus and Pisces in the northern sky. 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: B

Light toning on centerfold and a couple of spots of foxing, mostly confined to the margin.

Estimate: $130 - $160

Sold for: $100

Closed on 5/9/2007