"Plate IX", Bode, Johann Elert
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
Dramatic representation of the constellation of Ophiuchius, or the Serpent Holder, in the southern sky with the Southern Cross located just to his right. 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.
A couple of light marginal stains, still very good.