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Vorstellung Einer Gegend Des Gestirnten Himmels ... Martz

Vorstellung Einer Gegend Des Gestirnten Himmels ... Martz : J. E. Bode

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An attractive star chart, one of twelve monthly maps, each extending from the German horizon to about 45 degrees altitude. This particular example looks from west northwest to south southwest. The map shows many of the important constellations as well as naming some of the brightest stars on the chart. Prominent are: one of the best known and most recognisable constellations: Orion, Einhorn (known as Monoceros - unicorn), which was introduced by the Dutch astronomer and cartographer Petrus Plancius from the observations of Dutch navigators in the 17th century. The constellation represents the mythical single-horned, horse-like creature. Also hard to miss is Stier (Taurus) as he charges through the sky. It is one of the most prominent and visible of all of the constellations and also one of the oldest documented constellations, with details of the constellation going as far back as the Early Bronze Age. Johann Elert Bode was a self taught astronomer whose texts and atlases on the subject were, and remain, hugely influential.
mapmaker: J. E. Bode
place and date of publication: Berlin 1801
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 155 by 195mm (6 by 7.75 inches).
ref: 41815
literature: cf.Warner, The Sky Explored, p.34.

Price: £ 100

 
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