Auction 121, Lot 58

"[Lot of 2 - Untitled Celestials] Plate XXX [and] XXXI", Bode, Johann Elert

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1805 (published)

Publication: Vorstellung der Gestirne auf vier und dreyssig Kupfertafeln

Color: Hand Color

9.5 x 7.5 inches
24.1 x 19.1 cm

Pair of uncommon star charts showing distant stars and a couple of small constellations. 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

Some minor marginal damp stains, well away from the printed area.

Estimate: $230 - $300

Sold for: $120

Closed on 9/26/2007