Johannes Georgius Palizsch.Colonus Prohlicii prope Dresdam: arvi paterni cultor solertissimus, Astronomus, Physicus, Botanicus egregius [...]
'Parisis' [etched faintly beneath Schultz's name]
Engraving with large margins, rare & very fine. 360 x 260mm (14¼ x 10¼").
Johann Georg Palitzsch (1723-88), German astronomer who became famous spotting the return of Halley's Comet on Christmas Day, 1758, thus proving Halley's prediction of its course. His stepfather raised Palitzsch as a farmer, but he taught himself Latin and astronomy from the books he could afford. He inherited the farm at 21 and constructed his own botanical garden, library, laboratory, and museum. He left a library of 3518 books, including handwritten copies of scientific works too expensive for him to buy.
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