Auction 124, Lot 50

"[Lot of 3] Plate XVIII [and] XVII [and] XVI", Bode, Johann Elert

Subject: Celestial

Period: 1805 (published)

Publication: Vorstellung der Gestirne auf vier und dreyssig Kupfertafeln


9 x 7 inches
22.9 x 17.8 cm

These three nice celestial charts center on the zodiac constellations Virgo (Jungfrau), Leo (Lowe) and Cancer (Krebs) with other adjacent constellations also named. 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. These are from his revised atlas based on Fortin, in which he included a great many newly discovered stars.


Condition: A

Nice impressions on very sound sheets with a little minor marginal soil. There is some partial hand color.

Estimate: $200 - $275

Sold for: $210

Closed on 5/7/2008