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Vorstellung Einer Gegend Des Gestirnten Himmels ... November

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Vorstellung Einer Gegend Des Gestirnten Himmels ... November : 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 southeast to northeast. The map shows many of the important constellations as well as naming some of the brightest stars on the chart. Perseus constellation is prominent - here depicted holding the decapitated head of Medusa, and known for being the site of the annual Perseid meteor shower, observed around mid-August for the last 2000 years. Perseus is bordered by Aries (the Ram) and Taurus (the Bull). This map also features, in the lower right hand corner, the 'Wallfisch' constellation, known as Cetus - the whale or sea monster. 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: 41798
literature: cf.Warner, The Sky Explored, p.34.

Price: £ 100

 
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