Joh. Elert Bode.Geb. zu Hamburg d. 19 Jan 1747.
Stipple with large margins. Plate 140 x 90mm (5½ x 3½").
Johann Elert Bode (1747-1826), German astronomer and director of the Berlin Observatory, who named Uranus after it was determined to be a planet in 1783. His star atlas of 1801, which he named the 'Uranographia' was the largest up to that time, containing the positions of more than 17,000 stars, and was one of the last scientific astronomic atlases to depict the tranditional figures for constellations. The portrait was published in 'Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden' (Universal Geographical Ephemerides (i.e. encyclopedia)) by Friedrich Bertuch et al.
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