Auction 123, Lot 86

"Plate X", 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

A lovely star chart showing a portion of the night sky, roughly on the celestial Equator, including the Southern Cross, Antinous (not now used), and Aquila (Eagle). 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, pp. 176.

Condition: A

A nice example with faint damp stains in the blank margin, well away from the map.

Estimate: $110 - $140

Sold for: $80

Closed on 2/20/2008