Plate II from Johann Elert Bode’s Atlas of the Stars showing the constellations Cepheus, Cassiopeia, Ursa Minor (the little bear), Draco (the dragon), Cygnus (the Swan), Camelopardalis (the Giraffe).
Dimensions: 27.5 x 23 cm
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.