Auction 122, Lot 72

"Plate VI", Bode, Johann Elert

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1805 (published)

Publication: Vorstellung der Gestirne auf vier und dreyssig Kupfertafeln

Color: Hand Color

Size:
9 x 7.5 inches
22.9 x 19.1 cm

This small celestial chart centers on the Ursa Major constellation, home of the Big Dipper. 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: Kanas #6.5.3; Warner pp. 35-36, 2b, illus.

Condition: A

Estimate: $110 - $150

Sold for: $160

Closed on 12/5/2007

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