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Vorstellung Einer Gegend Des Gestirnten Himmels ... Februarius

Vorstellung Einer Gegend Des Gestirnten Himmels ... Februarius : 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 northeast to southeast. The map shows many of the important constellations as well as naming some of the brightest stars on the chart. Prominent are: Lowe and Kleine Lowe, Lowe is the Lion constellation, Leo - which was killed by Hercules on one of the 12 labours he had to perform for killing his family. According to Greek mythology, the lion that terrorised the citizens had a hide that could not punctured by iron, bronze or stone. Having broken all of his weapons fighting the man-eating lion, Hercules finally strangled it to death and placed it in the heavens as one of his conquests. Also prominent is Sextant, created by the Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius in the 17th century. 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: 41816
literature: cf.Warner, The Sky Explored, p.34.

Price: £ 100

 
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