Bode’s Northern Celestial Planisphere

Johann Elert Bode (1747-1826) served as the director of the astronomical observatory of the Berlin Academy of Sciences, edited the Astronomisches Jahrbuch, and published several popular texts and atlases. This planisphere is derived from a chart in his Anleitung zur Kenntniss des gestirnten Himmels (Hamburg, 1768). It extends from the north equatorial pole to 38° South declination, and shows the stars of magnitudes 1 to 6. The brightest stars are identified by Bayer letters. Some stars are named.
The text at the top reads “STEREOGRAPHISCHER ENTWURF DES GESTIRNTEN HIMMELS / vom Nordpol bis zum 38sten Grad südlicher Abweichung von HERRN. I. BODE / New herausgegeben von HERRAN F. A. SCHRÆMBL”. The texts at bottom read “Gestochen von I. Alberti in Wien” and “Zu finden im eigenen Verlage in Wien. 1787.” Ignazio Albert was a painter and engraver in Vienna. Franz Anton Schraembl was a cartographic publisher in Vienna.
Ref: Deborah Warner, The Sky Explored. Celestial Cartography 1500-1800 (New York, 1979), pp. 34-39.
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paper (overall material)
overall: 26 in x 25 in x 23 in; 66.04 cm x 63.5 cm x 58.42 cm
overall: 25 1/2 in x 25 1/4 in; 64.77 cm x 64.135 cm
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Österreich: Wien, Wien
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Prints from the Physical Sciences Collection
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National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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