Johann Elert Bode – Vorstellung der Gestirne Star Atlas Illustrations

Mapmaker / Cartographer: Johann Elert Bode

Name of Work:  Vorstellung der Gestirne

Date of Publication: 1782

Portrait of Johann Ehlert Bode
Portrait of Johann Ehlert Bode

Handcolored copperplate engravings representing the Constellations from the star atlas “Vorstellung der Gestirne” by the German astronomer and mapmaker Johann Elert Bode (1747-1826).

Born in Hamburg, Bode became the director of the Berlin Observatory and published the Uranographia in 1801, a celestial atlas  showing the positions of stars,and including an artistic interpretation of the figures in the constellations.  This smaller star atlas – Vorgestellung der Gestirne (Presentation of the Stars) – was intended for astronomical amateurs.

Bode is known for his reformulation and popularisation of the Titius–Bode law. He also charted the orbit of Uranus and suggested the planet’s name.