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This webpage reproduces a section of
Star Names
Their Lore and Meaning

Richard Hinckley Allen

as reprinted
in the Dover edition, 1963

The text is in the public domain.

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 p220  Frederici Honores.

In 1787 Bode formed, and in 1790 published in the Jahrbuch, this minor constellation as Friedrich's Ehre, — Frederick's Glory, Burritt's Gloria Frederica, and Miss Clerke's Gloria Frederici, — in honor of the great Frederick II of Prussia, who had died in 1786.

It was made up from thirty-four stars in the space between Cepheus, Andromeda, Cassiopeia, and the Swan, where Royer, in 1679, had attempted to replace the earlier Lacerta of Hevelius by his Sceptre and Hand of Justice. But he borrowed for his new creation from the northern hand of Andromeda, which he moved to a more easterly position, entirely indifferent  p222 to the fact that it had been "stretched out there for 3000 years." Bode's figure was thus described:

Below a Nimbus, the sign of royal dignity, hang, wreathed with the imperishable laurel of fame, a Sword, Pen and an Olive Branch, to distinguish this ever to be remembered monarch, as hero, sage and peacemaker.

It is now seldom mentioned, and has been discarded from the charts, while Lacerta maintains its position in this much occupied spot.

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